"Eric Idle to direct Merchant-Ivory spoof"
published in Ananova on 29 May 2002
Wednesday, 29 May 2002

Eric Idle is to direct a film parody of British period dramas.

The Remains Of The Piano will star Geoffrey Rush, who shot to fame in the film Shine.

Idle's spoof on Merchant-Ivory films will be shot in Toronto this summer.

The former Monty Python star told the Toronto Sun: "It's a piss-take on the genre.

"It's got everything a Merchant-Ivory film has: lovely costumes, lovely sets and lovely English acting.

"It's all set to go if producer Garth Drabinsky can ever find the final missing million. There's always a million missing in independent film. Somebody said trying to raise money for independent films is like trying to herd dogs."

Idle directed the Beatles spoof The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash for TV in 1978 and recently completed a sequel, The Rutles: Can't Buy Me Lunch.