Though it features the same cast as 1988's highly successful A Fish Called Wanda, this satirical and sexy film is not a sequel, and the actors play entirely different characters. Most of the story occurs in London's fictional… More Though it features the same cast as 1988's highly successful A Fish Called Wanda, this satirical and sexy film is not a sequel, and the actors play entirely different characters. Most of the story occurs in London's fictional Marwood Zoo, which has just been purchased by New Zealand publishing-magnate Vince McCain (Kevin Kline), a character allegedly patterned after real-life Australian media powerhouse Rupert Murdoch. No matter what public venture he buys, McCain's Octopus, Inc. adheres to a strict bottom line -- 20% profit or else. Comely Willa Weston (Jamie Lee Curtis) has just come to work for McCain, but the division she was supposed to helm was sold just before she arrived. In search of another division, she spies the zoo and decides to run it. Meanwhile, as the zoo is relatively unprofitable, McCain sends one of his top corporate policemen, Rollo Lee (John Cleese) to turn it into a moneymaker. Rollo decides that the zoo needs to become a sexier, more exciting place by imbuing it with a "Sylvester Stallone movie" ambiance. In short, he wants all the cuddly creatures replaced with fearsome, dangerous ones. He demands that all the adorable lemurs, bandicoots, meercats, etc. be summarily shot. Naturally, the zoo keepers (including fast-talking Adrian "Bugsy" Malone played by Michael Palin, who spends much of his time dressed as a giant bee) nearly riot, so Rollo carries out the seemingly dirty deeds himself -- in reality all of the doomed animals are hidden in his bathroom. Shortly thereafter, McCain's sleazy son Vince (also played by Kline) and Willa arrive to find the few remaining gentle creatures covered in fake blood and phony fangs to make them look terrifying. Vince mucks things up with his own scheme, which is to incorporate advertising into the zoo. As a result, zookeepers wear corporate logos. Even the animals become living billboards. Meanwhile Vince launches a private campaign to bed the profit-attended Willa. She in turn is increasingly intrigued by the apparently bestial antics of Rollo. Every time she sees him, he seems to be in some sort of quasi-sexual situation with one of his furry roommates. The bulk of this production was originally filmed in 1995, but pre-screening audiences strongly disliked the original ending. Most of the original screenplay was written by Ian Johnstone, but Cleese rewrote the third act himself. Due to scheduling conflicts the project was shelved until the summer of 1996. By this time the original director, Robert Young, was no longer available and so was replaced by director Fred Schepisi.