No matter how the movie eventually turns out, you have to admire Terry Gilliam‘s tenacity in getting The Man Who Killed Don Quixote made. The collapse of the production was told in painful detail in the documentary Lost in La Mancha. In May 2010, it looked like the movie would finally get off the ground again with Robert Duvall playing Quixote and Ewan McGregor as a 21st century advertising executive who travels back in time to 17th century Spain and joins in Quixote in his adventures. Then the project fell apart again when financing collapsed four months later.
But according to Italian site Altarimini [via The Playlist], Gilliam says he plans to start shooting in the spring with Duvall still attached to play Quixote (it’s unclear if McGregor is still on board). While that’s far from a confirmation of a hard start date, Gilliam says the project has found new life. He tells Empire: “There’s somebody new come along with a new bit of energy… a person who can get money.” Hit the jump for more including what Gilliam had to say about adapting Paul Auster‘s Mr. Vertigo.
Financing on Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has fallen through. The director tells Variety, “The financing collapsed about a month and a half ago.” However, Gilliam hasn’t given up on the project as he goes on to say, “Robert Duvall is Quixote, Ewan McGregor is also there, and we are looking for new financing right now.” Gilliam’s previous attempt to make the film fell apart in a very public way as it was documented in the 2002 film Lost in La Mancha. Mister T’s Movie Click [via The Playlist] adds that filming probably won’t begin until at least September 2011 due to Gilliam’s commitment to to a production of Berlioz’s “The Damnation of Faust” at the English National Opera in London next year.
Hit the jump for what else Gilliam may have going on in the future (or the past).
Poor Terry Gilliam. Just as the director finally seems close to assembling his adaptation of the Miguel Cervantes novel Don Quixote, Warner Bros. and superproducer Joel Silver (Sherlock Holmes) have their eye on the story with the intent to fast-track it to blockbuster status.
Pajiba reports that the project is being described as a “Pirates of the Caribbean-style swashbuckling version of the story.” The studio will reportedly jettison the insanity inherent to the lead character, and set would-be knight Don Quixote’s adventures with faithful squire Sancho Panza amid actual fantasy. That seems like an odd choice, but I haven’t read the book. My only real point of reference is the Wishbone episode, which you check out after the jump.
Ewan McGregor has signed on to star opposite Robert Duvall in Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. According to Empire, McGregor has the role that Depp was set to play back in 2000 when the film fell apart (and infamously documented in the tragic Lost in La Mancha). Depp was still attached to the part, but with filming on Quixote set for September and Depp’s schedule uncertain due to filming on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Gilliam decided not to take any chances and chose McGregor for the role. If the script is the same as the one attempted back in 2000 McGregor will play a 21st century advertising executive who travels back in time to 17th century Spain, where he meets Don Quixote (Duvall) and becomes involved in adventures with him.
In an interview with Steve back in December for Crazy Heart, Duvall said he would play the role if financing came together. That now seems to be the case (however his budget will now be $20 million compared to the $35 million he had in 2000). Hit the jump to read what Gilliam had to say about bringing McGregor on board.
Sometime my job is weird. This past September, I was awoken by a phone call from a publicist asking if I wanted to come down to DragonCon-Atlanta’s major geek convention-and interview Terry Gilliam, the director behind such classics as Brazil, Time Bandits, Twelve Monkeys, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, for his upcoming film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. I had to get downtown in less than 90 minutes, which usually wouldn’t be a problem except DragonCon, a huge college football game, multiple concerts, and pretty much every major Labor Day event were happening at the same time.
Thankfully, I made it just as Mr. Gilliam was finishing up his Q&A with his many fans who came to hear him speak about Parnassus and his upcoming projects. I was lucky enough to ask him about those projects as well along with his legacy, his past, and why he didn’t really care for this year’s Watchmen, a graphic novel he attempted to adapt twice: once as a movie and then as a miniseries after deciding the story was too dense to be crammed into a motion picture. It was really a great interview because Gilliam was very open and has no need for politic because he doesn’t care about working with a certain person; he just cares about getting his films made his way and that alone is impressive.
Earlier today I sat down with director Terry Gilliam to talk about his great new movie “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”. Since the movie doesn’t get released until next month, I’m going to hold off on posting the full conversation till close to release. However, since Gilliam gave me a bit of an update on his next project, “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote”, I figure that’s worth posting today.
According to the Gilliam, he’s cast someone to play Don Quixote, but he wouldn’t reveal who it is. Also, while I didn’t get Gilliam to say it on camera, I heard he wants to begin filming this April, assuming financing comes together. As most of you know, trying to make “Don Quixote” has been something of an endless challenge for this talented filmmaker. If you’d like to see what Gilliam had to say, hit the jump.
My excitement at the news that director Terry Gilliam would be taking a second crack at “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” was quickly tempered by the sad reality that Johnny Depp would be unable, due to extreme over-scheduling, to return to the project. Gilliam recently revealed that he was meeting with actors on the revived project but no official announcement has yet been made – but why should that stop random tabloid speculation? Britain’s Daily Express is reporting that Depp’s role will be filled by Colin Farrell. Hit the jump to encourage unsubstantiated rumors.