Life of Brian: According to Variety, in direct response to the American uproar over Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, the Monty Python team is planning a 25th anniversary Stateside re-release of its comedy Life of Brian.

The 1979 movie, about the hapless Brian of Nazareth who spends his life (and death) being mistaken for the Messiah, will be distributed by Rainbow Releasing, which previously handled the U.S. re-release of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."

Plan is to open the pic at the end of April in New York and Los Angeles. Columbia TriStar, which owns the international distribution rights, may also consider a re-release in selected foreign territories.

Brian B.