We’ve know for years that there will be no official Monty Python reunion so long as, by their own deceleration, Graham Chapman remains dead. Luckily they still manage to find themselves in the same room working together from time to time, and the next time is coming soon. Variety is reporting that members of the classic comedy troupe are providing voices for fellow Python, Terry Jones’, upcoming CGI/live action film Absolutely Anything.
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 [ugh, why?]will voice the character.
So, other than the thought of enduring the soul crushing experience of another Robin Williams scene chewing performance, this should be pretty damn sweet. Variety says that John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin are already on board to do voices for the film. What of Eric Idle, well the producers are still in talks but… come on, he has to do it. Hell, Mike Medavoy is going to produce it, and he produced The Life Of Brian for crying out loud, this could possibly be our last chance at a semi-sorta-but-not-official Python reunion.
Oh, and the script? Apparently its something that Jones and Medavoy have been working on for the better part of the last two decades. The premise sounds promising, and hey, as Jones puts it himself “It’s not a Monty Python picture, but it certainly has that sensibility,” and if there is one thing Monty Python was known for, it’s grounded sensibility.
(I was going to end this with a classic Monty Python sketch. I went to YouTube, I lost track of time and couldn’t pick one. How the hell do you pick out of so many. So, for full effect, go to the official Monty Python YouTube channel and knock off an our or two.)