Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Late Python Graham Chapman’s Memoirs To Become Animated Film

A 3D animated adaption of Monty Python's Graham Chapman's memoir, 'A Liar's Autobiography: Volume VI,' is in production with most of the remaining Pythons providing voices.

Chapman, who died in 1989, will narrate the feature, using recordings of him reading his memoirs that he made in 1982. 'A Liar’s Autobiography' was published in 1980 and tells of Chapman’s progress through medical school, alcoholism and his sexuality, as well as his career move to comedy. The memoir also contains several passages of pure fiction with contributions from a number of co-writers such as Douglas Adams.

John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam have all signed on to record various voice roles in the feature . The only Python notably absent so far from being involved is Eric Idle.

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

Jones’s son Bill is producing the film with Ben Timlett and Jeff Simpson, the same team who created the documentary series Monty Python Almost The Truth: The Lawyers Cut.

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

John Cleese's Eulogy for Graham Chapman