For lovers of all things British comedy, the men pictured above need no introduction. An exciting announcement from Variety came this week with news of an upcoming Monty Python feature film that will potentially reunite most surviving Flying Circus members Terry Jones, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, and Michael Palin. Actor Graham Chapman of the Flying Circus passed away in 1989. A producer of the project told TheWrap that Eric Idle may also join in on the project, and we should definitely hope so. To assert that a movie involving these comedy giants with the below premise could ever be tame is just plain silly:
The movie centers on a group of aliens who grant unlimited powers to a human being. Unable to handle his newfound abilities and apparently ignoring the sage advice of his talking dog, the earthling causes chaos.
The current title of the film is Absolutely Anything, and when director Terry Jones was asked by TheWrap about the basic premise or feel of the project, he nearly expressed disdain for any implications that the overall approach to a brand new film featuring members of the legendary comedy troupe could ever pay tribute or even seek to mirror classic Flying Circus projects along the lines of Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Life of Brian: “It’s not a Python film,” TheWrap reported of director Jones. “It’s a different thing.”
All the same, there’s something to be highly anticipated for a production with all these greats surrounding it, and in spite of what Jones told TheWrap his words with Variety were a bit contrasting: “It’s not a Monty Python picture, but it certainly has that sensibility.”
The sci-fi farce is slated to begin production in the United Kingdom this spring or summer, and apparently will involve use of CGI and live action. In this circumstance, that news is quite appealing. According to producers, Robin Williams is in talks to play a dog and a pompous Frenchman, which makes sense seeing as Williams worked with Terry Gilliam in The Fisher King. Head on over to Variety to hear more about the film, as well as additional new projects Terry Jones has in the works and some more great recent photos of the boys, including John Cleese with a monkey.