Monty Python Gang Working on 3D Animation

Based on the fake memoir of the late Graham Chapman.

The New York Times reports that Monty Python members John Cleese, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and filmmaker Terry Gilliam are set to lend their voices to a 3D animated movie based on ‘A Liar’s Autobiography (Volume VI),’ the absurdist memoir of the late Monty Python member Graham Chapman, who died in 1989.

Interestingly, Chapman will be along for the ride, with the movie featuring audio recordings of Chapman reading his book made shortly before he died.

“I had no idea until recently that Graham Chapman is in fact dead—I thought he was just being lazy,” said Jones. “However, I am now delighted to find myself working with him again on this exciting project.”

In keeping with the trademark Python humor, the movie will be produced and directed by ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’ creators Bill Jones, Ben Timlett and Jeff Simpson.

“We’ve been working closely with the Chapman estate and the Pythons to make sure we get this exactly right,” said co-director Simpson. “Graham would be delighted that his work is being re-imagined in glorious 3D. He always loved wearing silly glasses.”

Animation on 85 minutes long project will be handled by 15 different animation companies, with each working on different chapters from the book. Segments will vary in length from three to twelve minutes each.

Eric Idle is currently not involved with the project, but co-director Timlett said the filmmakers are “working on” him.