The Broadway hit Spamalot is coming to the big screen, even though the play itself was originally based on the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Yeah, this is as silly as it sounds.
Deadline reports that a film adaptation of Spamalot is in the works at Fox, with aims to bring the Tony Award-winning medieval fantasy-ish tale (back) to the big screen. The script for the film adaptation is being written by original Monty Python member Eric Idle, who put together the musical version back in 2004 (the run closed in 2009 after grossing around $175 million). The play is a big funny romp, much like the 1975 film that inspired it.
Bringing stage plays to the big screen isn’t a new phenomenon, but it’s admittedly a bit odd to set aims on one that started off as a film in the first place.
If you’ve never seen the original film, it starred the British comedy troupe as King Arthur and his crew of knights as they searched for the legendary Holy Grail. They faced everything from killer rabbits to snarky French guards along the way. Plus, in a hilarious bit of humor drawn from a shoestring budget, the knights hopped along to the clomping sound of coconuts, because they simply couldn’t afford to shoot with real horses. Spamalot adapted the high points from that story, and jazzed up some musical numbers to tie it all together.
Though the play is certainly funny and successful enough to carry a film adaptation, the real question is whether any new version can live up to the cult status of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It’s a high mark to judge any new film adaptation against, and recasting those iconic characters to replace the original crew will not be easy. If nothing else, having Idle return behind the scenes should be a positive.