Simon Pegg To Star In Terry Jones Directed Comedy ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING
Bill & Ben Productions announced that Simon Pegg will lead the Terry Jones directed comedy feature ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING.
Pegg will play Neil Clarke, a disillusioned school teacher who suddenly finds he has magical powers, bestowed upon him by some aliens. The aliens will be voiced by the wonderfully familiar line up of John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. Robin Williams will also star as the voice of Clarke’s hilarious & faithful dog. Additional casting is underway.
Pre-Production starts 2 February 2014, with Principal Photography commencing in London on 23rd March.
Commenting on his role, Simon Pegg said ‘As someone whose love of comedy was hugely informed by Monty Python, the chance to work with Terry was a gift. Meeting your heroes is one thing, working with them is something else.’
‘Simon Pegg is the Absolutely Perfect Neil!’ – said Director/Co-Writer – Terry Jones.
The film is being produced by Ben Timlett and Bill Jones at Bill & Ben Productions (Emmy Award® nominated MONTY PYTHON: ALMOST THE TRUTH. Triple Academy Award® winner Jim Acheson (MAN OF STEEL, SPIDERMAN, DANGEROUS LIAISONS) is on board to design the production’s costumes and sets, as well as the eclectic group of aliens. Mike Medavoy, who previously worked with Terry Jones on LIFE OF BRIAN and ERIC THE VIKING, has been involved with multiple Academy Award nominated films including BLACK SWAN and THE THIN RED LINE and has said he is “thrilled to be reunited,” and will serve as EXECUTIVE PRODUCER with Chris Chesser (THE RUNDOWN, MAJOR LEAGUE).
Producer Ben Timlett added: ‘We are extremely excited that Terry Jones’ and Gavin Scott’s script will soon be brought to life. Their collaboration has created a laugh-out-loud storyline, wonderfully quirky characters and dialogue that not everyone will be expecting.’
Sales, production and finance company GFM Films are handling worldwide sales and the AFM saw them close pre-sales in Australia, Scandinavia and Germany amongst others. Partner at GFM Films, Fred Hedman, said ‘Distributor reaction to the script and creative elements at the AFM was terrific – a very positive start’. Production finance has been secured by Absolutely Anything PLC.