Despite having died from cancer in 1989, Monty Python member Graham Chapman (or rather his voice) will re-team with his fellow Pythons for the 3-D animated anthology film adaptation of his absurdist memoir “A Liar’s Autobiography: Volume VI” reports The New York Times.
The new film has 15 animation companies working on chapters that will range from 3 to 12 minutes in length, each in a different style, adding up to a film about 85 minutes in length. A UK theatrical release is planned next spring with a TV and online debut to take place in the U.S.
Bill Jones, Ben Timlett and Jeff Simpson direct the project in which most of the surviving Python members perform newly recorded voice roles that are cut together with Chapman’s voice from a taped reading made shortly before he died.
John Cleese will voice a scene where he and Chapman engage in a long conversation on a bike. Michael Palin will appear as Mr. Chapman’s father, Terry Jones will play both himself and Chapman’s mother, and Terry Gilliam has multiple roles. Eric Idle hasn’t become involved but is being sought.
The book itself is a “deliberately fanciful account” of his life including medical school, alcoholism, acknowledgment of his gay identity and the toils of surreal comedy. The line between what’s real and what’s not is so blurred that the veracity of practically everything in it is decidedly questionable.