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).
Mister T’s also reports that Gilliam is considering a 3D version of his 1981 film Time Bandits. Said Gilliam:
“We are in discussions to make a 3D version of the film ‘[Time] Bandits.’ That will not change anything in the film itself will remain the same and if I think it serves as some passages in ‘Alice [In Wonderland’], the 3D should work well. Anyway, I’ll have fun with it!”
I personally don’t think a post-conversion 3D re-release of Time Bandits is all that necessary. Whatever happened to just a good, old-fashioned, high-quality restoration? If Gilliam is to do a 3D movie, I’d rather it’d be something original rather than a post-convert of one of his finer films.