Variety found out this morning that being prepared for a celebrity death is one thing, but pulling the trigger on a celebrity death notice is quite a different fish. Most big news agencies have them, prepared obituaries of celebrities, world leaders, and other notables that are refreshed every now and then with new information so that when the unfortunate occurs, they can jump right into the news cycle without a lot of rushed research. Yesterday afternoon something happened over at Variety that caused the posting of an obituary for director Terry Gilliam, most famously part of the Monty Python Flying Circus comedy group. Hilarity ensued. (more…)
Monty Python’s Flying Circus
If you’ve ever heard of “Eric the Half a Bee’ then you’re gonna want to feed your dead parrot, quickly eat your breakfast of eggs-Spam-beans-Spam-Spam-Spam-and-Spam, and then pop on down to your local cheese shop and see what’s fresh. The remaining crew of Monty Pythons Flying Circus are getting the band back together to make a Sci-Fi Comedy movie Absolutely Anything.
John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Micheal Palin are all on board with Terry Jones (Erik the Viking, Life of Brian, Meaning of Life, Monty Python and the Holy Grail) directing, that means we’re only missing Graham Chapman who died in 1989 of throat cancer (Rest in Peace Graham, you were one funny as hell guy and I still wonder sometimes about what Monty Python might be doing if you were alive today.) and Eric Idle, who has yet to put pen to paper and sing on.
Absolutely Anything, based on a script developed by Jones and Gavin Scott, will begin filming in the U.K. later this spring. The movie will combine Live Action and CGI. The Pythons will be voicing a group of aliens who give one earthling the power to do . . . you guessed it:
I wonder if the aliens will look anything like the ones in Life of Brian?
If a reunion of the crazy crew of Monty Python was not enough, word is that Robin Williams is all set to voice the role of Dennis, the DOG that knows more about what’s going on, than pretty much anyone else in the movie. Director Terry Jones says:
“It’s not a Monty Python picture, but it certainly has that sensibility.”
I really like the idea of getting these guys together in a creative setting. Perhaps once they’ve been working on set and in the studio together, some old memories and creative juices will get flowing and sparks will fly, perhaps getting fans that new Monty Python movie we’ve all longed for since 1983. What do you think, could Absolutely Anything lead to absolutely anything for Monty Python’s Flying Circus?