Eric Idle is Writing Spamalot Movie Script
Eric Idle is said to be penning big screen script for his musical comedy ‘Spamalot’.
The 75-year-old comedian is in the process of penning a script for a movie adaptation of his musical comedy – which was based on 1975 film ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ – and Casey Nicholaw is to direct the project.
According to Deadline, Idle will also produce the motion picture, which will be overseen by Jeremy Kramer.
Casting for the forthcoming film will begin soon and filming will start next spring.
Nicholaw was the original choreographer for Spamalot when it came to Broadway under the direction of Mike Nichols. Idle will produce in addition to writing, and as Deadline was told by sources, “It’s more than just an adaption, it’s the movie musical based on the Broadway musical, based on a movie that is based on the legend.”
The news of the Spamalot movie couldn’t have been more perfectly timed. As it turns out, Monty Python and the Holy Grail is actually playing on the big screen across the US.
He’s never directed a movie before, but he did choreograph the dances for the animated feature Trolls and he directed a 2013 episode of the TV series Smash.
Nicholaw knows ‘Spamalot’ well having been the choreographer on the original Broadway production of the musical.
The movie version is expected to be more than just an adaptation of the show.
Idle has been busy writing of late and has finished his memoirs, ‘Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life: A Sortabiography’, which will be published later this year.
He recently said: “I thought it was time to tell my tale before I suffer from Hamnesia, which is what happens to elderly actors.”
The book is expected to include tales from his life featuring the likes of George Harrison, David Bowie, Robin Williams, Sir Mick Jagger, Steve Martin, Paul Simon and Mike Nichols as well as his fellow ‘Monty Python’ stars John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and the late Graham Chapman.
Idle, Cleese, Gilliam, Jones, Palin and Chapman were responsible for creating classic TV series ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’ and three original films, including religious parody ‘Monty Python’s Life of Brian’.
Despite this success, Cleese recently admitted he is more known for voicing King Harold in the ‘Shrek’ movies nowadays.
He recently said: “People say, ‘Here is John Cleese, who needs no introduction,’ and then go on talking about me for 18 minutes. Animation is what young kids know me for – [they hear] my voice and they go, ‘Oh, Shrek!’ “