20th Century Fox is understandably enamored by musicals at the moment. The company is still counting the cash that The Greatest Showman is bringing in, and has also moved up its forthcoming Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, to a November release date.
And now? It’s snapped up the film rights to the Monty Python hit stage musical, Spamalot.
Spamalot is based on the film Monty Python & The Holy Grail, and proved to be a huge success on the Broadway stage, where it ran for more than 1,500 performances in its initial run and racked up 14 Tony Award nominations (it won three, including Best Musical). The film version is going to be penned and produced by Monty Python member Eric Idle, who co-wrote the stage show.
The film will be directed by Casey Nicholaw, who choreographed the original Broadway production of Spamalot and is the director of The Book Of Mormon (a musical that itself is rumored for a film version in the future) as well as the stage adaptation of Aladdin, the newly opened Mean Girls and the upcoming Prom (the director of Broadway’s Spamalot was the late, great Mike Nichols).
Filming on the movie is due to start next spring, with Fox looking to fast-track the project. Casting work is due to begin shortly. The show itself was its own beast, with numerous differences from Monty Python & The Holy Grail, and hopefully this film won’t be just a semi-remake of both.