Fox have sight their sights on a big screen adaptation of the stage musical, Spamalot after acquiring the rights to the production.
Monty Python member, Eric Idle has been set to pen the script, which is based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Broadway’s Casey Nicholaw (Book of Mormon) – who choreographed 2005’s Broadway version of Spamalot – has been set to helm the project.
The original 2005 Broadway production, directed by Mike Nichols, received 14 Tony Awards nominations, winning in three categories, including Best Musical. During its initial run of over 1,500 performances, it was seen by more than two million people and grossed over $175 million.
Adapted from the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot is a parody of the Arthurian Legend. The Holy Grail was a comedic send-up of the grim circumstances of the Middle Ages as told through the story of King Arthur and framed by a modern-day murder investigation. When the mythical king of the Britons leads his knights on a quest for the Holy Grail, they face a wide array of horrors, including a persistent Black Knight, a three-headed giant, a cadre of shrubbery-challenged knights, the perilous Castle Anthrax, a killer rabbit, a house of virgins, and a handful of rude Frenchmen.
It was written and performed by the Monty Python group that consisted of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin. Gilliam and Jones also directed the film.
Idle will be producing. Jeremy Kramer is overseeing a project that will be casting soon.The project is set to begin shooting next spring.