After over a decade long hiatus, the Flying Circus is back. Most of the remaining members of the influential troupe are reuniting for Absolutely Anything, a CGI-live action hybrid sci-fi adventure film, directed by their very own Terry Jones. Jones is one of the two Monty Python members who frequently took the director’s chair; the other being, of course, the beloved Terry Gilliam. Jones previously has had directorial duties on all three Flying Circus features: Monty Python and the Holy Grail alongside Terry Gilliam, Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life.
Absolutely Anything is based on a screenplay developed by Gavin Scott and Terry Jones developed over the past twenty years, and is being produced by Mike Medavoy, also a producer on Life of Brian, along with Chris Chesser, David Thwaites, and U.K. partners Ben and Bill Prods. So far John Cleese, Gilliam and Michael Palin have agreed to perform, and producers have indicated that they are trying to sign Eric Idle as well.
The Pythons will be voicing a group of aliens who come to earth to bestow one earthling with the power to do “absolutely anything,” just to see what sort of mess he will make of things. There will also be a talking dog, Dennis, voiced by Robin Williams. What more could you want? Well, Eric Idle. But we have our fingers crossed.
The five remaining members of Monty Python’s Flying Circus last appeared together in ‘98 at the Aspen Comedy Festival alongside an urn allegedly containing the ashes of the deceased member Graham Chapman.