Considering that some of Terry Gilliam’s movies never make it out of pre-production, let alone production or post production, making it all the way to premiering at festivals and being picked up by a distributor who cuts a trailer can be seen as something of a heroic feat.
For the record, it hasn’t secured US distribution. Because American audiences are assumed to not be able to handle Gilliam.
I held off writing about the Monty Python reunion for various reasons. Partly because I couldn’t believe it, I mean, why? They’ve all earned their retirements at this point twice over. They can’t have invested that badly could they? (Actually, it turns out two divorces and several alimony payments means that John Cleese in fact has not, but that’s another story.)
But I also held off because Monty Python had their run, didn’t they? Not to say they’re over, but will a younger generation really go in for The Parrot Sketch?
Turns out the answer is IN DROVES.
The Monty Python stage show has been extended from one date to five, running from 1 to 5 July next year.
The first show sold out within 43.5 seconds, organisers announced.
I don’t know what makes me squee harder–the idea of the remaining Pythons getting back together for one last ride or who they’ve added to the cast for fresh blood.
Can we say Cumberbatch? Benedict Cumberbatch? The man with the name so British it hurts?
Sherlock star Cumberbatch is said to be in talks for the project, which will be directed by Python Terry Jones from a script he co-wrote with Gavin Scott. [Gemma] Arterton has already signed on the dotted line, with filming set to begin in the first quarter of 2013.
Excuse me while I gibber incoherently. Here’s slashfilm on what’s happening.
Just because Gilliam pushes pause on something doesn’t mean it is gone, however, and now The Zero Theorem is back, and with Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds,Django Unchained) replacing the once-attached Billy Bob Thornton as the man set to play Qohen Leth, “an eccentric and reclusive computer genius.”
Deadline says that worldwide rights sales will be going on in Toronto, as the Toronto International Film Festival kicks into gear. This one is actually moving quick, with pre-production going on in Romania now, and a planned October 22 shoot date.
Really happening….it’s really happening. Gilliam is so notorious for projects that never get off the ground (or crash and burn upon launching) that I haven’t dared hope for this one.
Terry Gilliam on Animation.