Surviving Monty Python Castmembers Reunite for Science Fiction Farce. (But No Tennis-Playing Aliens.)

And now, for something completely different? Monty Python's surviving members are all reuniting for the comedy film Absolutely Anything, which sounds sort of like Bruce Almighty... with aliens. The best news f all? It's directed by the fantastic Terry Jones, who also co-directed Monty Python and the Holy Grail and directed Life of Brian.

So what's Absolutely Anything about? Apparently there are a group of CG aliens, voiced by the Pythons, and they decide to give one human the power to do "absolutely anything" — so they can see what a mess he makes of things. And, not surprisingly, that's exactly what happens. There's also a talking dog named Dennis (voiced by Robin Williams) who's the only one who understands what's going on. "It's not a Monty Python picture, but it certainly has that sensibility," Jones told Variety.

So far, John Cleese and Michael Palin are signed up, with Eric Idle still in discussions. (Update: Apparently Terry Gilliam is also on board.)

Producer Mike Medavoy, who also worked on Life of Brian, told Variety:

Terry and [cowriter] Gavin [Scott] have crafted a classic farce — something I feel I know a little bit about after all the 'Pink Panther' pictures we did with Blake Edwards at United Artists In fact, the movie even has a pompous Frenchman reminiscent of Inspector Clouseau — but there the similarity ends. Like all projects originated by any of the Monty Python guys, 'Absolutely Anything' delightfully defies a logline.

Since working on Monty Python projects, Terry Jones has done tons of other wonderful things, including the Ripping Yarns TV series with Palin, and the 1996 Wind in the Willows movie. He's also developing a TV series based on Terry Pratchett's Discworld books.

[Variety]