Although they've appeared together in the occasional movie or stage show, the Monty Python boys are reuniting for their first movie since Monty Python's Meaning of Life in 1983. Hopes for a Python reunion were supposedly dashed in 1989, when Graham Chapman passed away from cancer. But over twenty years later, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin have figured out the perfect way around that obstacle: bring Graham Chapman back.
No, there won't be any Forrest Gump-ing. Their next movie A Liar's Autobiography will be an animated movie based on Graham Chapman's autobiography, and will use Chapman's own voice from a reading of said autobiography shortly before he died. Chapman will play himself, the rest of the Monty Python crew will play everybody else, apparently. The 3D animated film will farm different sequences out to 15 separate animation studios, which will each provide a different take on the various stages of Chapman's life and, as producer Jeff Simpson told The New York Times, "Also it saves us a lot of time."
Time which they will need, if they want to meet their Spring 2012 deadline. The feature length animated film will premiere in theaters in the United Kingdom. Americans are getting the short shrift with an initial airing on television, as well as online services provided by Epix, which is helping finance the picture.
Crave Online will be back with more Monty Python news after we pine for all these fjords.