"He's Resting." "Look Matey, I Know A Dead Parrot When I See One."
Although he's been dead for 22 years, Graham Chapman is reuniting with the other members of the British comedy Group Monty Python for an animated movie based on his 1980 autobiography, A Liar's Autobiography Volume VI (that "Volume VI" is a lie; there are no other volumes.) As reported by the New York Times , the 3D film will cull lines of dialogue from Chapman's audio-book version of the autobiography, integrated with new dialog recorded by his former partners. (Only Eric Idle has not agreed to participate, according to the Times. ) The plan is to release the movie theatrically in the U.K. next year and initially on television in the U.S. (although the 3D aspect of the project may limit its possible outlets). It will also be available online via Epix, which helped finance it. Although he never participated in any of Python's sketches "back in the day," contributing only the wild visuals, Terry Gilliam will finally add his voice to those of the other Pythons for the movie, playing Chapman's mother. He will not, however, participate in creating the animation, which will be performed by 15 animation houses. In a statement appearing in today's (Tuesday) Hollywood Reporter , Python member Terry Jones commented, "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."