Thatfilmthing recently reported on a new project that is bringing the members of Monty Python’s Flying Circus back together. Well, all except one of them…
It seems that Eric Idle, the only surviving Python not to officially sign on to Absolutely Anything so far, won’t be putting pen to contract anytime soon.
“No fucking way,” he told the Calgary Sun, ruling himself out.
Idle also suggested that it was not a Monty Python movie in the true sense of the words, because it has been co-written written by Gavin Scott and Python Terry Jones.
“I share their interest, but Python is written by Pythons,” he said. “They are just using it to try and raise money. It’s the film biz. And producers.”
The movie was announced more than a year ago and was the shoot was supposed to begin in the UK in spring 2012, but it has failed to make it out of pre-production so far and has no firm release.
The story follows a teacher who is given magical powers by aliens and Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Star Trek: Into Darkness) and Gemma Arterton (Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters) will play the main leads. Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and John Cleese are rumoured to be providing voices for the alien characters.
However, Idle has revealed details of another possible Python project based on a script he’s been working on since 1997 — a sequel of sorts to the Monty Python And The Holy Grail.
That story would see the knights reunite to try and recapture the holy city of Jerusalem. Arthur, who was played by now-deceased Python Graham Chapman, is dead and the knights are scattered across the world.
“I went to visit John [Cleese] in Santa Barbara and he seemed genuinely OK with the idea of doing another Python movie, and everyone seemed interested, enough to suggest we get together, but by the time we all assembled at a hotel in Buckinghamshire to discuss it he had changed his mind,” Idle wrote on his blog.