WASHINGTON, December 16, 2014 – Robin Williams final on screen appearance is a bit of a dog, or the voice of one as Dennis (Mojo), a dog, in the upcoming sci-fi comedy Absolutely Anything directed by Monty Python’s Terry Jones.
One can only imagine the fun had on set as they worked to develop the story about Neil (Simon Pegg), a secondary school teacher who can make anything happen thanks to a bit of alien intervention along with Sunday night talk show host John Oliver and former Phtyhonites John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam.
It’s about a man called Neil, a teacher in a sink secondary school, who gets given magic powers by aliens. He can make anything happen, [but] he doesn’t realise it until his colleague says, ‘What would you do if you could do anything?’ and Neil responds with, ‘I’d make an alien spaceship hit class 4C and vaporise [sic] them.’ Then there’s an explosion in the school, and they run to 4C’s classroom, open the door and there’s a vast hole in the ground.
Kate Beckinsale plays Neil’s love, Catherine, who provides the balance to the story as Neil’s powers take him on a journey that leads him to having to choose between man’s best friend, in this case a communicative one, and the pretty girl.
Writer Terry Jones says the film has a genesis in the classic J.G. Wells story The Man Who Could Work Miracles, but in the end, it is totally his and co-writer Gavin Scott’s creation.
Williams was the first to sign onto the British comedy, which Scott and Jones started writing more than twenty years ago.
“One thing we’re grateful to Robin for is he was the first to come on and he stuck with the whole thing,” Jones’ co-writer Gavin Scott (The Mists of Avalon, Small Soldiers), told Deadline.com.
“The kind of attitude that led him to stick with the project through all its ups and downs, he totally exhibited here,” said Scott. “He wanted to make everybody feel good from the engineer to the lady making the coffee. It was very late in the day for him and we didn’t know that, but he was a real mensch.”
As with all Hollywood films, the writing comes first, but the film is not made until financing is in place, which came about due to efforts by Bill Jones and Ben Timlett. Phoenix Pictures’ Mike Medavoy and Chris Chesser (Major League, The Rundown) are executive producing the film which also stars Kate Beckinsale and Eddie Izzard.
Absolutely Anything has sold a number of foreign territories and will hit UK theaters via Lionsgate in 2015.
And as a family with a biscuit obsessed dog, Absolutely Anything promises to be complete comedic fun.