This is a pairing we didn’t see coming. Monty Python legend John Cleese and SNL alumni Rob Schneider (aided by the Australian born Monty Franklin) are teaming up for a new film titled The Great Emu War.
For those who aren’t familiar with the subject matter, in Australia in the 1930’s, there was an over abundance of emus. (Yes, really). And how did they deal with this? By sending in armed soldiers to cut down the population. And despite killing off hundreds and hundreds of birds, it was ultimately unsuccessful by nature of how many survived.
“We just finished the script” Cleese told the BBC’s One Show. “It really happened, they tried to kill them and they couldn’t even kill them. It’s a very funny idea, so that’s why I’m here”.
So far, it’s unknown whether or not Cleese will appear in the film. But the pair told Fox 10 Phoenix that Schneider will play an English sergeant who yells all the time.
This is certainly bizarre chapter in Australian history, and so why wouldn’t it make a compelling comedy? It seems to have the right ingredients to be successful. And according to Franklin in an Instagram post, the film is set to film in Australia sometime this year.