Last month, filming began for a new science fiction comedy called Absolutely Anything. The film has been highly publicized due to the illustrious cast headlined by four of the original six Monty Python-ers. It is being directed by Terry Jones and stars John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, and non-member Robin Williams (Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji). The comedy troupe from England will play an alien crew that provides a man the power to do absolutely anything, just to witness the mess he makes.
In the past, this motley crew has given us several classics including Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Meaning of Life, The Life of Brian and Brazil. Along with these classics, they provided us with 45 episodes of one of the highest rated shows of all time. Monty Python’s Flying Circus aired from 1969 to 1974 and began the troupe’s success. Their creative genius inspired a new genre of comedy and other works including the hit Broadway play Spamalot, and the game Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail, both of which were based on the Monty Python movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
“I’m glad that they are going to make a new movie together,” said Brittany Gregson, a Public Relations major at Florida State University. “Their show and movies had such an impact on our society, even if it was a British comedy. I grew up watching it and it would be cool if future generations were able to as well. It’s the British version of Disney: jokes kids will love and humor adults appreciate.”
While the men have staunchly stated that this movie will not, in any way, be a Monty Python film, people cannot help the excitement that they feel. This is the first time in over a decade that the group will reunite to work on a project together. After the cast went their separate ways, they all went on to star in and produce popular British movies. Cleese, perhaps the most recognized of the group, has most recently become Q in the James Bond movies. The Monty Python franchise has grown larger than anyone ever anticipated and it has catapulted virtually unknown actors from struggling comedians to some of the most prominent names in television and film.
Even with the denials that Monty Python will have any connection with the film there is no doubt that all of the special talents that the crew brought to the series and movies will make themselves known in this new film. What else can we expect from the men who brought us a killer rabbit (“That’s the most foul, cruel and bad tempered rodent you ever set eyes on!”), a limbless knight in denial of his “flesh wounds,” an unexpected Spanish Inquisition, and an ex-leper?
“I think that the movie will be entirely Montypythonesque,” said Elaine Treharne, a professor of English and History of Text Technologies at Florida State University who is from Great Britain. “I don’t think it could be anything else.”
The excitement is building among Monty Python fans. The movie is sure to be a success and people will be flocking to the box-office to catch it when it is released sometime next year.