Monty Python

Monty Python veteran Terry Jones has co-written (with Gavin Scott) and will direct a Sci-Fi farce called Absolutely Anything that has been said might be the cause of a mini-Monty Python reunion. Unfortunately, all of the members of the Python crew are no longer with us, but news from Variety says that Jones’ new film is now looking like it will, in fact, manage to get back together at least most of the surviving members. In addition to his own involvement, Jones has already signed up John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, and Michael Palin, and he’s currently negotiating with Eric Idle.

The film is about a group of mischievous aliens (who the Python crew will be voicing) coming to Earth and endowing a human with the power to do “absolutely anything.” This, of course, leads to complete chaos because humans are so selfish and dumb. Also there’s apparently going to be a talking dog voiced by Robin Williams. That sounds completely absurd and in keeping with something the Flying Circus might have done, but is this an official Monty Python reunion film or not? According to Jones, “It’s not a Monty Python picture, but it certainly has that sensibility.”

Having a Monty Python sensibility sounds funny enough to me, even with the involvement of Robin Williams, but what exactly does that mean? Will this be a straight comedy? Is there some serious social commentary included? Producer Mike Medavoy explains the film a little further: “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. 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.” I leave in the random boasting about Pink Panther because the Variety article also says that Robin Williams is in negotiations to play the Frenchman. What’s with all this Robin Williams in my Monty Python?!

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