A Monty Python reunion will feature Michael Palin, John Cleese, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and (perhaps) Eric Idle in a science fiction farce called Absolutely Anything which combines CGI and live action actors. The movie Absolutely Anything is an official reunion of the Monty Python’s Flying Circus, and will not feature the Monty Python title tag, but the movie may be a reunion in spirit if not in fact.
Director Terry Jones 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. Jones told Variety that the science fiction movie is like a Monty Python reunion:
“It’s not a Monty Python picture, but it certainly has that sensibility.”
According to The Verge, the only Monty Python holdout is Eric Idle, although Jones says that producers are working to secure his signature. I can’t imagine that John Cleese would turn down any opportunities, since, as previously reported by The Inquisitr, the cash-starved Monty Python actor was forced to sell Monty Python memorabilia to fund his divorce.
The Monty Python actors will be 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 the world. Robin Williams will voice the character of a talking dog named Dennis who seems to understand more about the mayhem that ensues than anyone else does.
Producer Mike Medavoy, whose recent producing credits include Black Swan, says that his experience in heading production at United Artists will help the project succeed:
“Terry and Gavin have crafted a classic farce — something I feel I know a little bit about after all the ‘Pink Panther’ pictures we did with Blake Edwards at United Artists. In fact, the movie even has a pompous Frenchman reminiscent of Inspector Clouseau — but there the similarity ends. Like all projects originated by any of the Monty Python guys, ‘Absolutely Anything’ delightfully defies a logline.”
Will you go to the theaters to see this unofficial Monty Python reunion?