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?
Monty Python’s Terry Jones on Graham Chapman’s Biopic – by Steve Marsh
When the five surviving members of Monty Python are photographed nowadays, there’s always a witty allusion to the dead one: an upturned urn or a disembodied pipe. So it’s no surprise that when an old recording of Graham Chapman reading his 1986 memoir A Liar’s Autobiography was discovered, a project came together nearly as quickly as it takes to ask “What’s all this, then? Are they going to make a 2Pac hologram of Police Constable Pan Am?” Chapman’s recording became the basis for A Liar’s Autobiography, a surreal new animated movie (in select theaters and on EPIX on November 2), to which the surviving Pythons (except for Eric Idle) contributed their voices. We talked to original Python Terry Jones about Chapman’s drinking, his mum’s influence, and Terry Gilliam’s bossiness.
You’ve played a medieval historian on TV. What do you think the misconceptions about Graham Chapman and Monty Python will be 1,500 years from now?
This movie [and the original memoir] intentionally twists the facts. So what directions do you think your story will drift in over 1,500 years?
Fifteen hundred years is a long time! My God. Will human beings even survive? Well, obviously the first misconception was that Graham was straight. But, then, maybe he was straight? David, his partner, said he was quite picky. And I suppose Monty Python would be seen as a realistic documentary program.
After you’ve watched the funniest trailer for anything that we’ve ever seen (and we see a lot of $#@!ing trailers), click through to the URL and learn what’s behind it.
It’s the story of the late Graham Chapman’s autobiography, his recorded reading of it before he died, and how it took John Cleese, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, and 14 different animators working in 17 different animation styles to bring the book to the screen.
We have no idea what kind of guy Chapman really was, but John Cleese’s eulogy certainly brings the “freeloading bastard” into focus. Wouldn’t you die happy knowing you’d left friends like that behind? (Yeah, far behind. Rimshot, please?)
The whole film will be out “in select U.S. theatres in 3D on November 2, 2012.” We can’t wait.