The Knights of the Round Table will be singing and dancing for Paramount now.
The film adaptation of the popular Broadway musical Spamalot, based on the Monty Python classic comedy Monty Python And The Holy Grail, has been acquired by Paramount Studios. The film had originally been set up at Twentieth Century Fox in 2019 but was placed on hold just as it was about to enter pre-production while the studio underwent its merger with Disney. Post-merger there was no interest at Disney to restart the project.
Casey Nicholaw, who was the choreographer of the original Broadway Spamalot, will be directing the film while the show’s writers Monty Python member Eric Idle and John DuPrez.
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 for the late Mike Nichols.
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. 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. 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.