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Pic reunites Monty Python members
'Absolutely Anything' will be sci-fi comedy

By DAVE MCNARY

Michael Palin, John Cleese, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and Eric Idle could all reunite for the pic.

Members of Monty Python's Flying Circus are reteaming for "Absolutely Anything," a sci-fi farce combining CGI and live action, with Terry Jones to direct and Mike Medavoy to produce.
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 will voice the character.

"It's not a Monty Python picture, but it certainly has that sensibility," Jones told Variety.

"Anything" is based on a script developed by Jones and Gavin Scott over the past two decades. Medavoy, a producer on the Pythons' "Life of Brian," is producing along with David Thwaites and Chris Chesser, in conjunction with U.K. partners Bill and Ben Prods.

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." He said Gilliam and Python members John Cleese and Michael Palin have agreed to perform and added that producers are attempting to sign Eric Idle.

The five surviving troupe members last appeared together in 1998 at the Aspen Comedy Festival along with an urn that allegedly contained the ashes of late member Graham Chapman.

Medavoy, whose recent producing credits are for "Black Swan" and the upcoming "What to Expect When You're Expecting," noted that he's had plenty of experience with films like "Absolutely Anything" dating back to the 1970s, when he headed production at United Artists.

"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," Medavoy said. "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."

Medavoy said producers are in discussions with Williams to play the Frenchman and are actively casting the other leads.

Jones last directed 1996's "Wind in the Willows," in which he starred with Cleese, Idle, Palin, Steve Coogan and Nicol Williamson. Despite strong reviews, "Wind" received only a limited release from Sony at 65 locations at widest -- which discouraged Jones from directing features again for many years.

Jones has remained active in recent years, penning several books and directing "The Doctor's Tale," an opera he co-wrote with Anne Dudley as part of the Royal Opera House's "OperaShots." It's a Python-esque story of a doctor -- who happens to be a dog -- whose devoted patients rush to the rescue after he is forced to stop practicing.

He's also working on a heavy metal version of "The Nutcracker" with Jim Steinman and teaming with Dudley on an opera based on "The Owl and the Pussycat," to be presented on barges during the London Summer Olympics.

Source: http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118049265

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French Taunter: Sacebleu! ^^ Yes everyone want to see them together again! I hope that Eric will change his mind and the other will know how to convince him!!! Allez!

GloriaTheWarrior: look what Eric wrote! http://www.ericidle.com/blog/ he's sometimes such a bitch.. (sorry for the language , I know "sometimes" is a bad word...:) ERIC HAS TO DO THE MOVIE!! he is the least nicest and one of the 6 funniest in the whole group!!

GloriaTheWarrior: Oh MY DOG!!OH MY DOG THIS IS EXCITING!!!! I hope no one will back away from this project, I am looking at you Joko Idle an Jack Cheese! ...:)

mrs galahad 19: When I saw that Cinema Blend posted an article about this at first I was O.o followed by a massive fan girl attack.

Can't wait for it to come out! Heavy metal version of "The Nutcracker"?? HELLS YEAH!!

arkennedy: I was just about to post this myself. :)

Here was one of the best comments someone posted about the following article:

Zoran • 14 hours ago

Chapman died alright, but I don't see why it should stop him from being involved.

And here's the article I read from Yahoo news which posted the article from "The Wrap":

Monty Python Stars Reuniting for 'Absolutely Anything'

By Brent Lang | The Wrap – 16 hours ago

There may be a little more life in Brian, after all.

Monty Python-ers John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones are reuniting for the science-fiction comedy “Absolutely Anything,” TheWrap has confirmed.

Eric Idle, the other surviving member of the Flying Circus, may join the project, as well, producer Mike Medavoy told TheWrap.

Graham Chapman, the other member of the troupe, died in 1989.

Jones will direct the film, with Cleese, Palin and Gilliam playing aliens and possibly several other additional roles, in true Python tradition.

In addition, Robin Williams is in talks to play a dog and a pompous Frenchman, Medavoy said.

But those expecting a follow-up to “The Holy Grail," be warned.

“It's not a Python film,” Jones told TheWrap. “It's a different thing. It's not really that we're all getting back together.”

The movie centers on a group of aliens who grant unlimited powers to a human being. Unable to handle his newfound abilities and apparently ignoring the sage advice of his talking dog, the earthling causes chaos.

“The film looks at the whole notion how funny unintended consequences can be,” producer Chris Chesser told TheWrap. “It's the whole thing about the genie granting three wishes.”

Although its is not a true Monty Python reunion, the film's producers describe its humor as "Pythonesque" -- a term Jones himself disagrees with.

“I don't know what it means,” Jones said. “When we were doing Python, we tried to avoid any kind of style. We kept doing different things all the time, so people couldn't say what it was they were looking at. The fact that ‘Pythonesque' is a word in the dictionary, is the gravestone to all of the goals that we were hoping to achieve.”

The film is expected to start shooting in the United Kingdom this summer on a budget of between $15 to $20 million.

For Medavoy, the chairman of Phoenix Pictures, the film is a chance to work with some of his favorite comedians.

“‘Life of Brian' was one of the funniest movies I was ever involved with,” he said. “I put it up there with ‘Arthur' and ‘Caddyshack.'”

Since their final film, 1983's “The Meaning of Life,” the surviving Python members have appeared together at the 1998 Aspen Comedy Festival. Jones also directed Idle, Palin and Cleese in 1996's “The Wind in the Willows.”

In addition to Chesser and Medavoy, David Thwaites and Bill and Ben Productions will produce the film.

Variety first reported on the casting of Palin, Cleese, Jones, Gilliam and Idle.

Joshua L. Weinstein contributed to this report.

Iris: Can't wait! This is great!!

a_nervous_wreck: Brb, dying... OH MY GOD!!! THIS IS SIMPLY MAGNIFICENT!!! I can't wait for this!