SPAMALOT Scribe Eric Idle Open to SPAMALOT Film
Monday, March 15, 2010; Posted: 11:03 AM - by BWW News Desk
"Eric Idle, author and producer of the hit Broadway musical SPAMALOT, said he would be up for adapting the show from the stage to the screen.
In speaking to the UK's Press Association, Idle said, "What I really don't want to do is to remake the Holy Grail because that's like remaking A Hard Day's Night."
In taking the stage show to the screen, Idle said he would likely encounter a number of problems, but that the show would work as a film. "You have to decide what's the form, the format, will it work, does it have a chance of success on its own outside its root? That's the skill of adapting."
"It's always in my mind and I'll find the right opportunity, the right place and way to do it - it has to be funny; the basic thing is, you have to get it right."
MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT, the Tony Award winning musical lovingly ripped-off from the internationally famous comedy team's most popular motion picture, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, is the funniest musical in the world with smash productions currently playing on Broadway, in London's West End, in Las Vegas, and on tour throughout North America.
SPAMALOT won the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical, the 2005 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical, and the 2005 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Musical.
SPAMALOT features a book and lyrics by Eric Idle, music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle, direction by Mike Nichols, choreography by Casey Nicholaw and is based on the screenplay of Monty Python and the Holy Grail by Monty Python creators Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, with an entirely new score with two songs from the 1975 film and the Python classic "Always Look On The Bright Side of Life" from 1979's The Life of Brian.
In addition, to the Tony Award for Best Musical, SPAMALOT received the Tony Awardâ for Best Direction of a Musical (Mike Nichols) and Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Sara Ramirez).
In addition to the myriad legitimate theatrical awards with which SPAMALOT has been honored, it also holds The Guinness World Recordä for "World's Largest Coconut Orchestra" which was set on April 23, 2007 when 5,567 fans gathered in Trafalgar Square and accompanied original Python members Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam to "Always Look On The Bright Side of Life."
Telling the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and their quest for the Holy Grail, SPAMALOT features A Chorus Line of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, a killer rabbit and one legless knight."