Few things make a reunion tour less appealing as the passing of a key member, and Monty Python – much like The Beatles after John Lennon was assassinated – have done little together as a group since Graham Chapman died of cancer in 1989. Much of the cast have worked together since, but the only time the five living members got together was for an appearance in 1998 at the Aspen Comedy Festival. But now, according to Variety, Terry Jones has roped together the group to voice aliens in his upcoming movie Absolutely Anything.
Jones has been the group’s primary filmmaker for their projects together, having directed all the Python films proper (co-directing with Terry Gilliam for Monty Python and the Holy Grail), though he did not go on to the success that Gilliam achieved with such films as Time Bandits and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. This would be his first film in over fifteen years.
Currently, Eric Idle is the only hold-out, with Michael Palin, Gilliam, and John Cleese having already signed on. The only thing then keeping this from happening is age-old resentments (which I wouldn’t write off), and it would give the film a geek cache that would surely make it profitable. Jones has been working on the script for two decades, and it sounds like all that would be required of the Python members would be to function as voice actors. But getting together that group will surely inspire some notable comic figures past and present to cameo in the film – Robin Williams has already signed on to voice a talking dog. Production is set to start this spring.