Thanks to crowd-sourced financing, there will be a sequel to the 2003 cult hit “The Hebrew Hammer.” Adam Goldberg will return as the titular Shaft-like private eye, with Judy Greer reprising her role as now-wife Esther Bloomenbergensteinenthal. The plot of the sequel involves their traveling back in time, teaming up with Jesus, and fighting Hitler. Thus, “The Hebrew Hammer vs. Hitler.”
The first film dealt with The Hebrew Hammer, nom de guerre of Mordechai Jefferson Carver, dealing with a plot by an evil, anti-Semitic Santa Claus (Andy Dick) to destroy Hanukah, the least insidious aspect of which was distributing copies of “It’s A Wonderful Life” to young Jewish children. For the sequel, Goldberg and writer-director Jonathan Kesselman sought to shake up the formula. Goldberg told The Hollywood Reporter, “It didn’t seem the sort of franchise where you wouldn’t want to see [the hero] take on one Jewish holiday after another….You want to see him go after the big one. Who’s the Jewish Joker? Hitler.