Far be it from me to normally forget a Monty Python reunion, but that’s what happens when one piece of news hits at the start of the year. (If last night showed anything — other than good still being able to prevail over evil, and the like — this has been one long 2012.) Now we’re reminded of the (living) team’s reunion, and we’re actually reminded in a pretty encouraging sense.
TheWrap tells us their Terry Jones-directed venture Absolutely Anything — which now sounds like a live-action affair and not, as was once said, animated — is adding Benedict Cumberbatch and Gemma Arterton; two actors whose roles we don’t know, though that’s not all there is to be found here. As good as this news may be, it’s (arguably) more important to note that a previously-reported plot synopsis, while still correct, has been fleshed out a bit more.
The screenplay, from Jones and Gavin Scott, was reported to start with aliens — voiced by the Python members — who give a human the chance “to do ‘absolutely anything’ to see what a mess he’ll make of things”; for one thing, it turns out he’s able to “wipe out classrooms of badly behaving students and bring people back to life.” (Either a dog or Clouseau-inspired detective voiced by Robin Williams will factor in.) What happens there serves as the main conflict of Absolutely Anything, and he, too, is probably who Cumberbatch will end up playing. None of this is something to be conflicted about.
Further down the line, we’ve been granted an unofficial hint of Terry Gilliam‘s own new film, The Zero Theorem. About a month ago, we reported that Matt Damon had been signed for a little cameo-ish reunion with his Brothers Grimm director — now, there’s a peek at he and a bald Christoph Waltz on the set. Both, obviously, are changing up their appearance a bit for Gilliam — no surprise there, actually — which only leaves me more anticipatory of their forthcoming turns.
Tilda Swinton, Ben Whishaw, David Thewlis, Melanie Thierry, Peter Stormare, and Sanjeev Bhaskar also star in The Zero Theorem, which should be arriving late next year.
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