The long-gestating Monty Python project “Absolutely Anything” is moving full steam ahead, with Gemma Arterton confirmed for the project and Benedict Cumberbatch in talks to join the comedy, TheWrap has learned.
To be directed by Terry Jones, “Absolutely Anything” will include voiceovers from Monty Python alumni, including Jones, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and John Cleese. Robin Williams will also do a voiceover.
Filming is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2013, with Jones directing from a script he co-wrote with Gavin Scott. Ben Timlett and Bill Jones are producing.
The story revolves around a teacher who discovers he has magical powers and can make things happen with the wave of his hand. He can wipe out classrooms of badly behaving students and bring people back to life. But he experiences mishap after mishap as he tries to learn how to use these powers.
GFM Films is handling sales of the feature. The project was first announced in 2010.
Arterton’s recent credits include “Clash of the Titans” and “Byzantium.” Cumberbatch recently signed on to play The Beatles manager Brian Epstein in “The Fifth Beatle.”
They didn’t exactly come up with an attention-getting headline either, did they? What’s wrong with those people?
Can you imagine how difficult it must have been for an over-actor like Robin Williams, whose whole career has been about going off and careening around any and all scenes eating every actor and prop in his path, to underplay the way he did on that episode of LOUIE where Louis C.K. and Robin meet at the burial (it wasn’t really a funeral) of a mutual acquaintance (he wasn’t really a friend)?
Or, conversely, can you imagine how difficult it must have been for Louis to keep Robin down the way he did? To succeed where so many other directors have failed?
But it worked, and last week’s episode, “Barney/Never,” was as far as we’re concerned the best one so far this season. Even with the diarrhea in the tub bit. (Not because we have anything against diarrhea but because everything else seemed so intensely, painfully real and this…not.)
Why does the headline on this post use Robin Williams’ name instead of Louis C.K.’s? Because it’s Robin’s tight face, so unlike it’s ever been seen before on TV, that stayed with us long after the stink in the tub was forgot.
TVWriter™ thanks both comic masters for the ride.
Or, in the definitely-going-to-be-immortal words of DALLAS showrunner Cynthia Cidre: “I’d like to have more music.”
You got it. We’re never gonna let her live that down.