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A Fish Called Wanda…The Musical!?

Posted on: June 22, 2008

John Cleese is an amazing writer and performer. He has been wonderful in everything he has done, both with and without Monty Python. A Fish Called Wanda is one of my favorite movies but wait…it’s being turned into a musical?

This news is courtesy of telegraph.co.uk: 

John Cleese reportedly agreed to waive his full royalties when he was approached by Eric Idle about turning their film Monty Python and the Holy Grail into a musical because he had no idea that it would be such a money-spinner…

Cleese, 68, tells Mandrake that he is turning his 1988 film A Fish Called Wanda, in which he starred opposite Jamie Lee Curtis, right, into a musical. “I’ve been working on it with my daughter Camilla, who’s 24 and 6ft 2in,” he says. “She’s much funnier and quicker than I am, so I limp along after her.

Cleese could certainly do with the money. He faces a divorce from his third wife, Alyce Faye Eichelberger, which could see him hand over two houses, half his earnings and maintenance of almost £1 million a year.

Oh man, how’s that for depressing? I am still rather skeptical about Eric Idle’s Spamalot since it is “lovingly ripped” a carbon copy of the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail except without the original Pythoners. But if anyone could pull this off, John Cleese could. Dare I say I am looking forward to it!?




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