Financing Has Collapsed on Terry Gilliam’s THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE; Is Interested in Making 3D TIME BANDITS

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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 ManchaMister 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.

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  • Angmal

    If it gets a new audience for the film, I’d be happy with a 3D special edition. Infinitely preferable to a remake, which is the more likely alternative…

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  • JIMMYfive

    let gilliam do what he wants to. He is an artist (a damn good one). He has paid his dues through and through, from python to fear and loathing. Lets just try and forget about tideland, and perhaps parnasis too. Give respect where it is due…Hail to the Fisher King baby. Let’s just be happy that Time Bandits is not being remade. If the man is going to be behind the work all the way to make Time Bandits a 3D feature, and we all get a chance to see it in the theatre than i for one say Hell Yes! Give credit where it is due and the hott damn respect. With all the trouble surrounding the quitoxe film I am sure that he diserves that much. Reintroducing bandits to the new fast paced 3d world might just help new film makers realize that a film needs to be good and not just eye candy. So I say huzzah to terry, Mother lovin Huzzah!!!

  • JIMMYfive

    let gilliam do what he wants to. He is an artist (a damn good one). He has paid his dues through and through, from python to fear and loathing. Lets just try and forget about tideland, and perhaps parnasis too. Give respect where it is due…Hail to the Fisher King baby. Let’s just be happy that Time Bandits is not being remade. If the man is going to be behind the work all the way to make Time Bandits a 3D feature, and we all get a chance to see it in the theatre than i for one say Hell Yes! Give credit where it is due and the hott damn respect. With all the trouble surrounding the quitoxe film I am sure that he diserves that much. Reintroducing bandits to the new fast paced 3d world might just help new film makers realize that a film needs to be good and not just eye candy. So I say huzzah to terry, Mother lovin Huzzah!!!

  • Angmal

    Tideland is seriously underrated, and like Harry over at AICN, I actually prefer Parnassus’ take on dreams and reality to Inception’s. (Which I also like, before the Nolan-worshippers gang up on me!)

    The longer takes and more even pacing of a thirty-year-old film like Time Bandits might actually suit 3D better than the current editing style of recent movies. The question is, what company will do the conversion and will they take the appropriate length of time (up to a couple of years rather than a couple of months a la Clash Of The Titans Remake) to make it worthwhile? I can’t imagine Gilliam compromising, so I don’t think we have anything to worry about.

    To reiterate, I think the idea of special editions (3D or not) is much, much better than just remaking everything in sight. At least this way the original movie stays alive in some form or other, rather than replaced.

  • Anonymous

    I’d just be happy to see Time Bandits in theaters, no matter how many Ds there are. I was 9 years from being born when it was released, so I missed it.

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