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Absolutely Anything

Absolutely Anything
Directed by Terry Jones
Produced by Bill Jones
David Thwaites
Ben Timlett
Written by Terry Jones
Gavin Scott
Starring Simon Pegg
Kate Beckinsale
Michael Palin
Terry Jones
Terry Gilliam
John Cleese
Eric Idle
Robin Williams
Music by George Fenton
Cinematography Peter Hannan
Edited by Julian Rodd
Bill and Ben Productions
Phoenix Pictures
Distributed by Lionsgate UK
Release dates
  • 13 February 2015 (2015-02-13)[1]
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Absolutely Anything is an upcoming British comedy film directed by Terry Jones and written by Jones and Gavin Scott. The film stars Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale, with the voices of Michael Palin, Jones, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, Eric Idle and Robin Williams in his final role.[2]


  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Production 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The film follows a disillusioned school teacher who suddenly finds he has the ability to do anything he wants, a challenge bestowed upon him by a group of power-crazed aliens watching him from space.



In a March 2014, interview with Empire, Terry Jones spoke about the plot of the film. He described it as being about Neil, a teacher in a failing secondary school, who is given the ability to make anything happen by asking it to. He only realises he has this after saying "I'd make an alien spaceship hit class 4C and vaporize them." to a colleague, only to hear an explosion elsewhere in the school and find 4C's classroom destroyed.[5]

Jones credited the film's idea to the H. G. Wells story The Man Who Could Work Miracles, but said that it "just changed out of all recognition from that".[5] He also explained that the script for the film has been around for 20 years, saying: "I just think it's my own baby really. But I wrote it with Gavin Scott, and we've been writing it for 20 years, then Mike Medavoy rang up in 2010 or so and asked what scripts I had hidden in my bottom desk drawer. So I pulled out Absolutely Everything – not literally, of course – and here we are."[5] He also spoke about the character Dennis the Dog, saying: "I think he's going to steal the show. We've got a real dog, Mojo, who is very obedient, and a wonderful dog, a mongrel, but CGI work will be done. Simon Pegg is a big dog fan, and him and Mojo get on very well. Before Douglas Adams died, he looked over the script and he said that Dennis the Dog's scenes were the funniest scenes..."[5] He also spoke about the designs of the alien characters, saying: "James Acheson is doing the costumes, and he has already got a wonderful array of aliens of different sizes and shapes. The story behind the aliens is they intercept the Voyager space craft as it leaves the solar system [and] comes into intergalactic space – well, it isn't really intergalactic space, but we pretend it is, anyway – and they say they have to assess one Earthling at random by giving them these powers. They pick Neil."[5]

On 14 September 2010, the film was first announced, and it was also announced that John Oliver, Robin Williams, John Cleese, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam were cast in the film,[6] with Eric Idle announced as joining his fellow Pythons on 20 February 2014.[4] In January 2012, it was announced that film would begin filming in spring 2012.[7] On 11 December 2013, Simon Pegg was cast as the lead character Neil Clarke.[8] On 26 February 2014, Kate Beckinsale was cast in the film.[9] On 19 March 2014, Rob Riggle was cast in the film.[10] Principal photography and production began on 24 March 2014, and ended on 12 May 2014.[11][12] On 28 March 2014, it was announced that Lionsgate UK would distribute the film in the United Kingdom.[3]


  1. ^ "New Stills of Simon Pegg in Absolutely Anything". Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Robin Williams leaves behind four films to be released". Retrieved 2014-08-15. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Wiseman, Andreas. "Lionsgate UK takes Terry Jones' sci fi comedy Absolutely Anything | News | Screen". Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  4. ^ a b Films, GFM. "Eric Idle". GFM Films. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Terry Jones On His New Sci-Fi Comedy Absolutely Anything". Retrieved 2014-07-08. 
  6. ^ Fleming, Mike. "Phoenix Sets Laffer With Monty Python's Terry Jones And Daily Show's John Oliver". Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  7. ^ "Pic reunites Monty Python members". Variety. 2012-01-26. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  8. ^ "Simon Pegg Joins Monty Python in ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING". Collider. 2013-11-20. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  9. ^ By NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor. "'"Kate Beckinsale Joins Simon Pegg, Monty Python Troupe For 'Absolutely Anything. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  10. ^ "Rob Riggle Joins Most of Monty Python's Absolutely Anything". 2014-03-19. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  11. ^ "‘On The Set’ For 3/24/14: Nicole Kidman Starts ‘Strangerland’, ‘Frankenstein’ Wraps For 20th Century Fox". Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  12. ^ Rosser, Michael (2014-05-12). "Terry Jones’ Absolutely Anything starring Simon Pegg wraps shoot". Retrieved 2014-07-08. 

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