Monty Python Troupe to Adapt Late Graham Chapman's Fake Memoir
Sadly, back in 1989 the world lost a charmingly funny man as Monty Python troupe member Graham Chapman died from cancer. However, it sounds like the funnyman might come back to life in some form on the big screen. Apparently most of the remaining members of the infamous comedy gang are in the midst of adapting Chapman's fake memoir A Liar's Autobiography: Volume VI into a new 3D animated film. The New York Times says no less than 15 different animation companies are working on different chapters from the book with segments varying in length from three to twelve minutes each. Read on!
Bill Jones, Ben Timlett and Jeff Simpson, creators of the fantastic comedy series "Monty Python's Flying Circus" are producing and directing the feature which will also utilize Chapman's voice from a recorded reading of the book made shortly before his death. His voice will run through the different segments which will apparently each have their own animation style (hence the high number of companies working on it). Simpson says, "Creatively, the different styles reflect the stages in Graham’s life. Also, it saves us a lot of time.” It also sounds like a hell of a lot of fun.
In addition to Chapman's voice, troupe members like John Cleese, filmmaker Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones and Michael Palin will also provide their voice talents for the project. As of now the only hold out seems to be Eric Idle, but apparently producers are working on getting him involved too. Since the film is simply a false biography following Chapman’s progress through medical school, alcoholism, acknowledgment of his gay identity and the toils of surreal comedy, this should be a great treat for fans of Monty Python and those who miss having Graham Chapman around for some laughs. The film will definitely get a theatrical release in the United Kingdom, but likely only a television or online release here in the United States, so keep your eyes peeled.