Monty Python to Resurrect Graham Chapman for Animated Memoir
06.27.11 by REELZ
When Graham Chapman died of cancer in 1989, it brought a tragic end to the possibility of a full Monty Python reunion. The man who played King Arthur in Monty Python and the Holy Grail and the title role in Life of Brian was a brilliant mind, completing medical school and playing a vital role in the creation of many seminal moments, both in the Python films and in the landmark TV series Monty Python's Flying Circus.
The Pythons did the best they could back then and honored Chapman in a hilarious, tearjerking memorial service. But now, several of the remaining Pythons are reuniting to turn Chapman's A Liar's Autobiography: Volume VI into a 3-D animated feature, according to the NY Times.
The movie will feature the voices of former Pythons John Cleese, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, and Michael Palin. Their dialogue will be spliced together with audio recordings that Chapman made shortly before his death. Cleese and Jones will appear as themselves, while Gilliam will portray a number of different roles. In addition, Palin and Jones will voice the roles of Chapman's father and mother, in keeping with Jones' traditional Python casting as an older female. Eric Idle is the only member of the original troupe who has not yet agreed to work on the project, although the filmmakers are reportedly "working on" him.
Producer Jeff Simpson referred to Chapman as a man who was "openly gay but secretly alcoholic,” in reference to Chapman's very public acknowledgement of his homosexuality in the 1970s and his ongoing drinking problems, which often led to filming delays and resentment amongst fellow Python members. The movie will be assembled by 15 animation companies and will contain discrete chapters done in several different styles. "Creatively, the different styles reflect the stages in Graham’s life," Simpson added.
The filmmakers are aiming for a release date next spring, and it will debut in British theaters, and in the US, it will premiere on Epix television and online services. Although the filmmakers might just be joking, we love their mention of the title Graham Champan: Dead in 3-D.