Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'Outraged' Pythons in Holy Grail Cash Battle

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'Outraged' Pythons in Holy Grail Cash Battle

Article excerpt

MONTY Python stars have expressed "outrage" at the suggestion a film producer suing them in a battle over royalties should be regarded as "the seventh Python", a judge has been told.

Mark Forstater, who produced Monty Python And The Holy Grail, is fighting for an equal share with the Pythons in profits from spin-offs of the 1975 classic film, especially the hit live musical Spamalot.

Three of the six Pythons, Eric Idle and Michael Palin, both 69, and Terry Jones, 70, are due to give evidence in the five-day legal action at London's High Court.

Mr Forstater is suing all three and the two other surviving Pythons, John Cleese and Terry Gilliam, who are abroad and not expected to give evidence, for an increased share of the Spamalot millions. The sixth member of the team, Graham Chapman, died in 1989.

A judge has been told it was the "worldwide commercial success" of Spamalot that appeared to have led in 2005 to a cut in the size of his share of the profits from Grail spin-off merchandising Mr Forstater enjoyed for 30 years. …

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