The Hebrew Hammer is coming out of retirement, and he needs your help to make it happen. Nearly 15 years after the original film — an amusing send-up of blaxploitation films and superhero tropes starring Adam Goldberg as the eponymous hero — bowed at Sundance, and the team behind the be-yarmulked crime fighter is back for another big time fight. Goldberg, director Jonathan Kesselman, and producer Harrison Huffman announced earlier this week that they opened up crowdfunding for their long-planned sequel: “The Hebrew Hammer vs. Hitler.”
Goldberg and Kesselman have promised a “bigger, funnier sequel” that will somehow involve both time travel and original leading lady Judy Greer, a project at least partially inspired by the current political climate.
“We are bringing the Hebrew Hammer out of retirement because of a clarion call for us to do so — in part based on Trump’s rise and infectious anti-Semitism, racism and sexism,” Goldberg said in a statement. “We had various iterations of the script which we conceived years ago but retooled to make it a bit more contemporary and finally got our butts in gear because the timing seemed right — if not essential. You could say the campaign is a byproduct of the Resistance, but with more IBS references.”
One look at the film’s first promotional video hammers (sorry) that point home, reintroducing the Hammer to a very different world than the one he left. Surprise: it heavily involves the Trump campaign and the current administration. No wonder the Hammer is back.
Goldberg, Kesselman, and Huffman are aiming to raise $3 million to produce the project, though they’re asking for a maximum of $1.07 million from equity crowdfunding. It’s not their first dalliance with crowdfunding the project, and in 2013 they used the Jewish crowdfunding platform Jewcer to raise an initial $50,000 for the film. The fate of the free world hangs in the balance.