Monty Python troupe reunites for animated film bio

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A Liar's Autobiography

A Liar’s Autobiography

EPIX, the pre­mium enter­tain­ment chan­nel, video-on-demand and online ser­vice, announced Mon­day that it is in pro­duc­tion on A Liar’s Auto­bi­og­ra­phy, a 3D ani­mated fea­ture film based on the mem­oir of Monty Python mem­ber Gra­ham Chap­man, who died in 1989.

Made in asso­ci­a­tion with Bill and Ben Pro­duc­tions Ltd., Trin­ity (UK) and Brain­storm Media, A Liar’s Auto­bi­og­ra­phy tells the story of Chapman’s life in the famously atyp­i­cal Python style.

The film will be released the­atri­cally in Britain by London-based Trin­ity. Its world tele­vi­sion pre­miere will be in both 2D and 3D on EPIX and next spring.

The EPIX orig­i­nal will fea­ture record­ings of Chap­man that he made of his book in 1982. Pre­mier­ing under the newly intro­duced EPIX Pic­tures ban­ner, the film reunites mem­bers of the Monty Python troupe.

A plethora of ani­ma­tion com­pa­nies are cur­rently work­ing on the film: Asy­lum Films, Made Visual Stu­dio, Not to Scale, Treat Studio’s, Peepshow, Steven Lall, Sher­bert, Super­fad, Mr & Mrs Smith, Trunk, Cake, Arthur Cox, A for Ani­ma­tion, Tun­dra and Beakus.

This inno­v­a­tive and mod­ern take on Chapman’s comic genius is an excit­ing event, and EPIX is thrilled to pre­miere A Liar’s Auto­bi­og­ra­phy in the United States,” said EPIX pres­i­dent and CEO Mark Greenberg.

I had no idea until recently that Gra­ham Chap­man is in fact dead — I thought he was just being lazy,” said Monty Python’s Terry Jones. “How­ever, I am now delighted to find myself work­ing with him again on this excit­ing project.”

The fea­ture is being pro­duced and directed with that trade­mark Python humor by Bill Jones, Ben Tim­lett and Jeff Simp­son of London-based Bill and Ben Pro­duc­tions, respon­si­ble for Who Killed Nancy, Rebel Truce — The His­tory of the Clash, Chem­i­cal Wed­ding and 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 Simp­son. “Gra­ham would be delighted that his work is being reimag­ined in glo­ri­ous 3D. He always loved wear­ing silly glasses.”

Exec­u­tive pro­duc­ers Mark Sandell of Trin­ity (UK) and Meyer Shwarzstein of Brain­storm Media will dis­trib­ute the ani­mated fea­ture in the United King­dom and the United States, respectively.

The British com­edy group Monty Python is best known for their TV com­edy sketch show Monty Python’s Fly­ing Cir­cus, which first aired on BBC in 1969. The series was cre­ated, writ­ten and per­formed by Chap­man, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin.

The troupe brought their com­edy to the big screen with the fea­ture films And Now For Some­thing Com­pletely Dif­fer­ent (1971), Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1975), Monty Python’s Life Of Brian (1979) and Monty Python’s the Mean­ing of Life (1983). All com­bined live action with ani­mated sequences by Gilliam.

The eccen­tri­cally told A Liar’s Auto­bi­og­ra­phy was first pub­lished in Britain in 1980 and repub­lished in 1999. The book gives read­ers a look into Chapman’s hilar­i­ous and touch­ing life. He relates the extra­or­di­nary and sur­real account of his more than event­ful life — whether as moun­taineer or med­ical stu­dent, actor or alco­holic, het­ero­sex­ual groupie guz­zler or homo­sex­ual com­ing to terms with himself.

As a cel­e­brated mem­ber of the Monty Python team, his zany wit became famil­iar to mil­lions of view­ers world­wide. The New Yorker described A Liar’s Auto­bi­og­ra­phy to be “required read­ing for Monty Python fans,” and London’s Evening Stan­dard claims that it is “an inter­cours­ingly good book… def­i­nitely not a present for your aunty.”

A loony yet sin­cere account, this story uncov­ers the com­plex­ity and real­ity of Chapman’s life. Chapman’s audio book was recorded and released in 1989 shortly before his death.

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