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article imagePythons to be sued over Spamalot

By Tim Sandle     Dec 1, 2012 in Entertainment
The producer of the movie 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' is suing the surviving members of Monty Python over the stage adaption 'Spamalot'. The dispute is over royalties.
In 2005 Eric Idle launched the musical 'Spamalot', described as being "lovingly ripped off" from the 1975 film 'Holy Grail'. Although permissions were sought for using material from the 'Holy Grail' movie, the producer of the film, Mark Forstater, has claimed that he has been underpaid, according to The Guardian.
'Spamalot', like the 'Holy Grail' film, it is a highly irreverent parody of the Arthurian Legend, but it differs from the film in many ways, especially in its parodies of Broadway theater.
The matter is due to be settled in the British High Court, Sky News reports, where Eric Idle, Michael Palin and Terry Jones are due to give evidence in London. The two other surviving Pythons, John Cleese and Terry Gilliam are away working and are not expected to give evidence (the sixth member of the group, Graham Chapman died in 1989).
According to the BBC, the claim for royalties is being brought by Mr Forstater and his company Mark Forstater Productions Ltd against Python (Monty) Pictures Ltd (PMP), which represents the film interests of the Python team, and Freeway Cam (UK) Ltd, which holds the copyright in the Holy Grail as trustee for those entitled to profit from it. Mr Forstater claims that he is entitled to one-seventh of the proceeds, with the remaining shares divided between the Pythons or their estates.
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