Did someone order Simon Pegg and a talking dog?
They’ve taken their sweet time about it, but finally the fates have conspired to bring us a Terry Jones movie about a schoolteacher (Simon Pegg) who is given godlike powers by aliens (the rest of the Monty Python team) and has a dog who can talk (Robin Williams). The film’s name is Absolutely Anything, and it’s just wrapped, releasing the image above to celebrate.
“It’s about a man called Neil, a teacher in a sink secondary school, who gets given magic powers by aliens. And he doesn’t know he’s got them in the beginning, so though he can make anything happen, he doesn’t realise until, well, 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 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.
“He turns the TV on when he gets home, and starts watching with his dog Dennis. He’s still saying to himself, ‘It can’t be true…’ To make his day worse, it turns out Dennis has done a couple of poos on the floor. Neil says, ‘I wouldn’t be clearing up this mess, if I could do anything. I’d say: “Dog mess, clear yourself up.”‘ And the dog mess quivers, then goes up on two little fat legs and jumps into the loo.”
Featuring an all-star cast – Kate Beckinsale as Neil’s love interest, Eddie Izzard as Neil’s headteacher – and working from a script by Jones himself and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles veteran Gavin Scott, Absolutely Anything is aiming for a springtime 2015 release.