They’re Knights of the Round Table and they dance whene’er they’re able… And they are getting closer to dancing on the big screen.
This past weekend Monty Python member Eric Idle stated on twitter that Spamalot: The Musical, the Broadway stage hit based on the Python film Monty Python And The Holy Grail, is making its way through pre-production and has entered into the casting process.
Yes. We’ve been quietly developing it and are currently budgeting and casting. Exciting eh? @20thcenturyfox
— Eric Idle (@EricIdle) January 11, 2019
News of the film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning show first came last May. The original Broadway show, which not only adapted Monty Python And The Holy Grail but incorporated various other bits of classic Python foolery and some new material, opened in 2005 and ran for nearly 1,600 performances. It was nominated for fourteen Tony Awards, and won three, including Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical.
As for who would star in Spamalot: The Movie, Idle is of course staying quiet for right now. However, he did mention that the previously rumored Benedict Cumberbatch would not be participating.
Sadly not Benedict who has to put on tights or something. You know those types of movie… he was very nice about it. We’ll announce the cast when it’s done.
— Eric Idle (@EricIdle) January 13, 2019
Having seen the show in its Broadway run twice, it would be nice to see about reuniting the leads from the show for the film to capture on film what they did. Although it is being rumored that Tiffany Haddish will have the part in the film, it would be especially great to see Tony winner Sara Ramirez return to her role of The Lady of the Lake so she could belt out “Whatever Happened To My Part?” one more time. And while I am sure that Hank Azaria and David Hyde Pierce would be game to return, I fear health issues would keep Tim Curry from participating.