Monty Python Reunites; Announcement Of Details Coming Thursday

The surviving members of Monty PythonTerry Jones, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam, have revealed that months of "secret talks" have led up to plans to reunite for a new project.

The nature of the show isn't quite known, though Terry Jones said to the BBC "We're getting together and putting on a show – it's real," which is leading to the assumption that this will be a stage performance rather than a film or TV thing. (Jones also quipped "I'm quite excited about it. I hope it makes us a lot of money. I hope to be able to pay off my mortgage!")

The Sun broke the news.

Many of the Pythons have appeared together a couple times in the past few decades, for anniversary gigs and benefits, but since the death of co-founder Graham Chapman in 1989 there has been no proper performance reunion of the five remanning members. (Disagreements marred a planned US tour in 1999, for example.) The film The Meaning of Life in 1983 stands as the last full Python effort.

A press conference is planned for Thursday, which will hopefully clear up some questions: will the show be new material or old, and if it is indeed a stage production will it feature any pre-filmed aspects, or new animation? And is this all an elaborate ruse cooked up by John Cleese to punch Eric Idle in public for that Spamalot brouhaha a couple years ago?

The only assurance we really need, of course, is that whatever it is will be funny. If that's the case, nothing else will matter at all.