Thursday, January 26, 2012

And now for something completely different - science fiction from Monty Python

There's no word on whether any dead parrots will be appearing in the film.
What could possibly bring the surviving members of Monty Python's Flying Circus back for a film project? Would you believe science fiction?

Pythonite Terry Jones will direct his old friends in "Absolutely Anything," a sci-fi farce that combines animation with live action. According to Variety:
Plans are for filming to begin in the U.K. this spring, with the Pythons voicing key roles as a a group of aliens who endow an earthling with the power to do "absolutely anything" to see what a mess he'll make of things -- which is precisely what happens. There's also a talking dog named Dennis who seems to understand more about the mayhem that ensues than anyone else does. Robin Williams will voice the character.
"It's not a Monty Python picture, but it certainly has that sensibility," Jones told Variety.

The script was developed over the past 20 years by Jones and Gavin Scott.

Jones, who co-directed 1974's "Monty and the Holy Grail" with Terry Gilliam and was the sole director on "Life of Brian" and "Monty Python's The Meaning of Life," said Gilliam, John Cleese and Michael Palin have agreed to the project. Producers are still trying to sign Eric Idle.
The original Python cast has not appeared together since the Aspen Comedy Festival 1n 1998, where they were accompanied by an urn that allegedly contained the ashes of late member Graham Chapman.

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