As reported in Variety
, the four surviving members of the Monty Python comedy troop: John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin are reuniting to make a film. This isn't a new Python film, however. The group have come together to voice some animated aliens for the film "Absolutely Anything", which is a science fiction comedy / satire which combines live action and CGI effects.
One of the Pythons, Terry Jones is directing. Unlike Terry Gilliam, who has directed several films over the past few years (most recently "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
"), this is Jones' first film since "Wind In The Willows
" (or " Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" in some territories) in 1996. Jones' previous CV includes co-directing "Monty Python and the Holy Grail
" with Terry Gilliam, and solely directing "Life of Brian
" and "The Meaning of Life
Although it is not a Python venture, the group has been involved in each other's productions over the past thirty years. The only other Python missing, given the passing of Graham Chapman, is Eric Idle. According to Digital Spy
there is hope that Idle will come on board, which would mean that the movie would become the first time in which all surviving Pythons have worked together since a live comedy session in Aspen in 1998.
With Terry Jones' credentials the film is likely to feature some surrealist mayhem. Quoted on Cinema Blend
, Jones states "it's not a Monty Python picture, but it certainly has that sensibility."
In addition to the Pythons, Robin Williams voices a talking dog. Few other details have been revealed about the movie. Filming is set to begin in the Spring of 2012.