Get your coconuts clanking and start silly walking cause the circus is back in town.
Netflix has snagged international rights to Monty Python’s entire catalog, including the comedy troupe’s classic British TV series, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, and all of the famed comedy troupe’s seminal movies, among them Monty Python’s Life of Brian and Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
The deal means Python’s trademark surreal cartoons and sharp-witted sketches such as the "All-England Summarize Proust Competition" and the "Dead Parrot" sketch will be coming to a small screen near you (mostly).
Per Deadline, the streaming service will launch the titles in the U.K., Canada and other territories beginning April 15 to be followed in the U.S. sometime later in the year.
And now for something completely different, word is Netflix is also thinking about commissioning all-new Python material, which wouldn’t be unusual as the group has reunited several times in the past.
Such reunions include Monty Python Live at Aspen and more recently One Down, Five To Go, which saw surviving members John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, and Terry Jones get together for a series of live shows at London’s O2 Arena in 2014 (sadly, member Graham Chapman passed away from cancer in 1989).
Those titles are also part of the streaming package, which also features rarer Python productions such as Monty Python’s Fliegender Zirkus, two 45-minute comedy specials which originally aired on West Germany’s ARD in 1972; and Monty Python’s Personal Best, a box collection featuring six one-hour specials. There’s also Monty Python’s Best Bits (Mostly), Monty Python Conquers America, and Monty Python’s Almost the Truth, among others.
And fans of Eric Idle will be pleased to learn his 2012 stage production, Eric Idle's What About Dick?, featuring the comedian along with fellow funnymen and women including Russell Brand, Billy Connolly, Jane Leeves, Tracey Ullman, and Tim Curry, will air as well.