Robin Williams's final film. It was released on the one year anniversary of his death.
The first film since The Meaning of Life (1983) to feature all five surviving members of Monty Python. According to Director Terry Jones, this will probably be the last time they will appear in a film together.
In a 2009 interview, Robin Williams said that he always wanted to star in a movie with Simon Pegg.
Roger Taylor, the drummer from Queen, sings the opening theme song "Absolutely Anything and Anything At All".
Terry Jones began writing the movie with Gavin Scott in the early 1990s. In an interview in 2014, Jones said that noted science fiction writer Douglas Adams looked over the script, and he said that Dennis the Dog's scenes were the funniest.
Terry Jones said he was influenced by the H.G. Wells tale "The Man Who Could Work Miracles".
Much of the film was shot in and around an abandoned school that was converted for the production. Neil's flat and the graveyard were all filmed in the same location.
DIRECTOR_CAMEO(Terry Jones): Driver of the van that knocks Neil off his bicycle early in the film.
Sanjeev Bhaskar and Meera Syal are married, and have collaborated in various comedy projects.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Gemma Arterton were originally cast as Neil and Catherine.
When Neil teaches class 10C, a large board to the right has a display on William Shakespeare's "A Winter's Tale". In The World's End (2013), Pegg's character says he studied A Winter's Tale when he was in school.
The main alien refers to itself as a "death dealer", the same title Kate Beckinsale's character has in the Underworld series.
This movie was given a limited theatrical release in the U.S. on May 12, 2017, and was available on DVD and Blu-ray as of June 27, 2017.
In Italy, the film was titled "Un'occasione da Dio", meaning "A God-like Chance" or "A Wonderful Chance." A lot of Italians thought it was connected to Bruce Almighty (2003) and Evan Almighty (2007), whose Italian titles also included the phrase "da Dio" ("God-like/wonderful").
Simon Pegg and Eddie Izzard have both voiced Reepicheep in The Chronicles of Narnia films. Izzard voiced him in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008), and Pegg voiced him in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010).
The dog is named Dennis. This is a name that has been used in Monty Python sketches, such as Dennis Moore and Dennis the oppressed in Holy Grail.
Two of the actors in the film have connections to the Beatles. Eddie Izzard has a supporting role in "Across the Universe", a musical featuring Beatles' songs, and Robin Williams sings a cover of "Come Together" (along with Bobby McFerrin) on the compilation album "In My Life", produced by George Martin.
Joanna Lumley has appeared in two cinema movies, with the word "Absolutely" in the title, which have been released in consecutive years. They were comedies, Absolutely Anything (2015), and in the following year, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016).
In Spain, the film was simultaneously released in cinemas, Video-On-Demand, and DVD and Blu-ray. The film was only released in seven theaters, and projected in a dubbed version in one theater, and a subtitled version in seven theaters.