'Monty Python' Cast in SF Farce?
According to Variety, several members of the cast of MONTY PYTHON’S FLYING CIRCUS will re-unite as voice actors in Terry Jones’s ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING, a sci-fi farce that will combine CGI and live action.
Python veteran Jones wrote the script with Gavin Scott, and will direct, while Mike Medavoy (LIFE OF BRIAN, BLACK SWAN) will produce.
In addition (presumably) to Jones who directed the group in MONTY PYTHON’S THE MEANING OF LIFE, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, Michael Palin have agreed to voice ailens that will give a human being the power to do “absolutely anything”, so that they can observe the results.
The production also wants to sign up Eric Idle and Robin Williams (THE BICENTENNIAL MAN). From the article, it seems that the producers want Williams to voice a talking dog named Dennis, and possibly also play a live action role.
Producer Medavoy said: “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 ( ed. the live-action part Robin Williams might fill) —but there the similarity ends. Like all projects originated by any of the Monty Python guys, ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING delightfully defies a logline.”
Terry Jones added :”It’s not a Monty Python picture, but it certainly has that sensibility.”