News: Jones, Gilliam, Cleese, Palin, Idle… and Williams?

From Variety comes an interesting report for fans of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. It seems a new film, Absolutely Anything is re-uniting the surviving cast. Terry Jones is directing the film, which is a Live-action/CGI science-fiction comedy about aliens who give an inept Earthman unlimited power. Mike Medavoy (producer of Black Swan) is the producer on the film. Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, and Michael Palin have already signed on to the film, and Jones and Medavoy are trying to get Eric Idle to sign on as well. If he does, all five surviving Pythons will be involved in the film, which would be the first feature collaboration for the troupe since 1983’s Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (The Wind in the Willows, later retitled Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, came close in 1996, but Gilliam appears to have had no role in it.) Also attached to the film is American comedian Robin Williams, who will be voicing a talking dog and possibly playing one of the live roles as well.

Personally, I’m intrigued by this. I like Robin Williams when he is working in a good movie, and I trust Terry Jones to deliver on that front. Plus, if anybody knows how to properly corral a manic comedian, it’s a guy who worked with several manic comedians for several years. The plot might be a little thin, but that might just be because very little of it has been revealed yet.

I suspect there isn’t much chance of this being an “OK” film. Given the people involved, it’s likely to be either brilliant, or one of the most spectacular train wrecks in cinematic history. Either way, it should be interesting to watch.

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4 Responses to News: Jones, Gilliam, Cleese, Palin, Idle… and Williams?

  1. I haven’t heard of this film, but if it has Robin Williams, I’m there! 😀

    • This was the first I’d heard of it, too. IMDb claims it’ll be out in 2012, but that’s clearly just a placeholder value — my guess would be 2013, maybe even 2014. Either way, I’m mentally bookmarking it as one to watch.

  2. Jersey says:

    That’s the first time I read about this project… Thank you, Morgan!
    I love Monty Phytons and I know I shouldn’t expect anything nearly close to The Meaning of Life or The Flying Circus. Nevertheless, I’m quite intrigued as you are… If all of the are involved, it can’t be that bad!

    • I’m surprised you picked The Meaning of Life… I felt that was the weakest of the Python movies (well, other than And Now For Something Completely Different, but that hardly counts since it wasn’t new material.)

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