Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Empire's New Tom Cruise Cover
The Jameson Empire Awards 2014
Vote: The Greatest 301 Movies Of All Time!
Rebecca Hall:
My Movie Life

The actress picks the movies that shaped her
Mountain Dew Green Screen
Register now to see X-Men: First Class!
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
Robert Downey Jr. Reveals First Official Pic From Age Of Ultron
Genius billionaire playboy publicist?
Roberto Orci Wants To Direct Star Trek 3
And he's splitting up his writing partnership with Alex Kurtzman
Jon Turteltaub Directing It's A Small World Movie For Disney
The ear worm ride is being adapted...
Jessica Chastain Goes Blonde
She's in talks to be Marilyn Monroe for Andrew Dominik's latest
Len Wiseman Opens Black Chapter
Paranormal espionage activity?
Andy Fickman Attending My Owner's Wedding
He's set for a new canine comedy
Star Trek Writers To Reboot Flash Gordon
Update: Gordon's alive! At Fox!
Seeker Finds A Writer
Callie Kloves will adapt the YA novel
Adam Rifkin Chewing On Peeps
Producer buys sweet brand as next movie
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
19 March 2014
Rob Riggle Joins Absolutely Anything
He'll be a military man
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
The Zero Theorem (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Planes (2013)
Empire Star Rating
A Liar's Autobiography
Empire Star Rating
Winnie The Pooh (2011)
Empire Star Rating
Planet 51 (2009)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Pythons Reunite For Chapman Biopic
Graham gets reanimated

01 July 2011  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: New York Times (via The Guardian)

submit to reddit

Pythons Reunite For Chapman Biopic

It's 22 years since the sad death of Graham Chapman, but with Pythonesque logic, he's about to star in a new film. A recording of Chapman reading his memoirs has been unearthed and used as the backbone for a new animated biopic, with the involvement of almost all the surviving Monty Python crew.

Chapman's roles in the Flying Circus tended towards preposterous authority figures and intellectuals, which he wrote in collaboration with John Cleese. He's Brian in Life of Brian and King Arthur in Holy Grail: both central, exasperated figures that events happen to and around. He studied Medicine at Cambridge, was one of the first celebrities in Britain to be openly gay, and struggled with alcoholism for much of his life. 

All of which, in some way or other, is dealt with in his book, A Liar's Autobiography: Volume VI, which was published in 1980. Co-Python Terry Jones says the entire book is nonsense - "a downright, absolute blackguardly lie; there isn't a single word of truth in it" - but he's probably joking.

The film is the brainchild of Jones' son Bill (who made the Monty Python: Almost the Truth documentary series), Ben Timlett and Jeff Simpson, who was looking to make a more conventional documentary before discovering the Chapman audio recording. It has fifteen animation companies working on it, and will be told in chapters ranging from three to twelve minutes in length.

“Graham’s is the story of a man who was openly gay but secretly alcoholic,” says Simpson. “This is not the story of Monty Python, it is a man’s life.” It's set up as a conversation between Chapman and Cleese on a long bicycle ride. Cleese, naturally enough, is playing himself, with Michael Palin and Terry Jones as Chapman's father and mother, and Terry Gilliam playing various parts. Of the original Pythons, only Eric Idle is not so far involved, but the producers are "working on him."

The film should get a theatrical release in the UK sometime next year.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Tyrannosaur One-Sheet Now Online
Considine's directorial debut approaches
Todd Field Accepts The Creed Of Violence
Update: He's got the funds to make it

Your Comments

RE:
Good stuff, anything with Python is worth a look in! More

Posted by Spaldron at 16:49 on 04 July 2011 | Report This Post


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Empire 300th Issue: The Directors' Cut Cover
Spielberg, Whedon, Fincher, Abrams Mann and more take over

Fired! Losing Your Job In The Movies
The lowdown on getting dismissed on film

20 Not So Super '-Men' That Won't Star In A Film Any Time Soon
Forget your Batmen, your Spider-Men and your Ant-Men… Meet 3-D Man (and his pals)

The Making Of Locke: A Filmmaker's Journey
Steven Knight takes us through six pitstops (via Heston Services)

Tom Hardy: A Viewer's Guide
The essential, the recommended, the one for the fans... and the one to avoid

Ten Things To Know About The Spooks Movie
Under the hood of The Greater Good

14 YouTube Videos Every Game Of Thrones Fan Should Have Watched By Now
From goats singing the theme tune to every death in under three minutes

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get Limited Edition Collectable X-Men Art Cards

Subscribe today and get 6 issues of Empire plus a set of collectable X-Men Art Cards for only £20!

Subscribe today

Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Just £25
Receive limited edition subscribers-only covers every month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)