Speculation was that the Python team were planning to do a Muslim version but now Jones has said in answer to the question:
"Probably not - looking at Salman Rushdie I suppose people would be frightened"
What a perceptive man this is. He has managed to work out that while Christians were incensed at The Life of Brian, Muslims would certainly issue a Fatwa on all and sundry if they parodied Mohammed in the same way and the Monty Python team would be picked off one by one.
Speaking about the original version, Jones rather pompously says:
"I took the view it wasn't blasphemous...at the time religion seemed to be on the backburner...."
Now let me try to get this straight in my poor befuddled brain. The Life of Brian wasn't (in his view) blasphemous but, the making of a Muslim version would be?
Terry Jones is puzzled by the uproar caused by the film:
"We're still discussing it now" he said. "And I don't know why"
Cue for graphic of an enormous clucking chicken......
|Not a little chicken...a big chicken!|
Oscar-nominated screenwriter and director Terry Gilliam, the former political cartoonist and satirist, has stepped gingerly into the Prophet Muhammad cartoon wars, asserting that someone “from within” Islam needs to take on the fundamentalists in the way that he and his Monty Python colleagues lampooned abuses of Christianity in their 1979 film Life of Brian … Gilliam recalled that the Monty Python team “knew what we were doing” when they set out to satirize Christianity in Life of Brian, a movie that was banned in parts of the UK, Ireland, the US Bible Belt and elsewhere. “We were pissed off at organized religion. We weren’t going to take on Christ, so Christ was treated with respect. But the whole idea of what religion is about and how it works… the sex, the heresy, the persecutions. We knew what we were doing and that was what was so exciting about it.” “Our triumph,’ he said, “was that in Variety magazine, the trade paper, there it was: A whole page devoted to us. Two columns, the Protestants protesting. Two columns, the Catholics protesting. Two columns the Jews protesting. We got everybody evenly.” Still, he noted, the Monty Python team had had the good sense not to lampoon the Islamists. “We didn’t go for the Muslims, did we?” he said, a little self-deprecatingly. “We were smart.”
For "smart" read "cowardly"
We're still waiting Terry Gilliam....looking forward to the premiere!