If there's a member of Monty Python that won't be appearing in A Liar's Autobiography, you might be surprised to hear it won't be Graham Chapman. Indeed, there's likely to be more Chapman than anybody else as the entire project is built around audio tapes of Chapman reading from his fictionalised bio, A Liar's Autobiography.
The filmmakers did manage to recruit most of the living Pythons however, with Michael Palin, Terry Jones, John Cleese and Terry Gilliam all providing voices for the 15 animated chapters that will make up the film. Palin and Jones will voice Chapman's parents – and if you can't guess which will be which then you need to revise your Python – and Gilliam will play his psychiatrist. Cleese's role is not clear to me.
It's possible that Eric Idle will turn up too – last summer, the producers said they were working on him – but there's been no announcement and I won't hold my breath. It was a low budget film after all.
The film is complete, or near as, with a screening for crew taking place last month. It's in 3D, which is interesting, and will apparently roll out on Epix in the US this Autumn. Each of the different sections, which vary in length from about three to twelve minutes, has been animated by a different team in a different style.
Today, Quiet Earth have run this selection of images from the film. It's not clear where they found them but I'm glad they brought them to my attention.
Hopefully we'll get to see some footage soon.
Oh – and we probably shouldn't get too excited about the Douglas Adams writing credit. His name went on the original book because Chapman incorporated a sketch they had collaborated on as though it was something that had actually happened to him in real life.
You'll just have to be excited by the Graham Chapman, David Sherlock, David Yallop and Alex Martin writing credits instead, or perhaps the directing credits for Bill Jones, Ben Timlett and Jeff Simpson.