Fox to bring Monty Python play Spamalot to the big screen
The Tony-Award winning Broadway production Spamalot has been picked up by 20th Century Fox for a film adaptation, Deadline has learned.
The musical comedy is based on the acclaimed 1975 comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, a parody of the Arthurian legend whose Broadway production saw major actors perform, including Tim Curry (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), Hank Azaria (Brockmire) and Christian Slater (Mr. Robot), and is one of the highest-grossing plays of all-time, having grossed over $175 million.
For the film adaptation, Fox has hired Monty Python alum Eric Idle, who also co-wrote the play, to pen the script for the film, which will be directed by Casey Nicholaw, who is well-known for his work on the current Mean Girls play, as well as The Book of Mormon and Aladdin, and has been nominated for 10 Tony Awards, winning one for Best Director in 2011 for Mormon.
The film will mark an interesting twist for the genre, as it is a musical adaptation of a Broadway musical that is in and of itself an adaptation of a comedy that is in and of itself an adaptation of an epic legend.