Terry Gilliam is to finally shoot his long-awaited, repeatedly abandoned Don Quixote movie real soon, the filmmaker has revealed. However, the movie appears to be a very different beast to the one which was famously washed out by flash floods and freak storms in 1999, a disaster cataloged in the documentary Lost in La Mancha.
For a start, the plot has been completely revised. Whether he's messing with dystopian sci-fi (Brazil) or druggy hyper-realism (Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas), Gilliam channels his strange imagination into unhinged, big-screen imagery. And this is what he's got in store for his next big project, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.
I keep incorporating my own life into it and shifting it. The basic underlying premise of that, the version Johnny was involved in, was that he actually was going to be transported back to the 17th century, and now it all takes place now, it’s contemporary. It’s more about how movies can damage people.
Our main character actually made a Don Quixote movie a lot earlier in his history, and the effect it had on many people wasn’t very nice. Some people go mad, some people turn to drink, some people become whores.
Sounds like it'll be even more strange than what he was trying to do before. I'm definitely intrigued with the direction that he's taking the story.
Production on Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote actually began many moons ago in 2000, and was meant to star Jean Rochefort as the titular protagonist and see Johnny Depp in the role of Sancho Panza. But, in 2012, it was reported that Disney were moving forward with an untitled Don Quixote project to be scripted by High Fidelity's Steve Pink and The Blues Brothers' Jeff Morris. It was set to be produced by Depp's own Infinitum Nihil and to be a re-imagining of the Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra classic.
So...if Gilliam is really trying for the hundredth time to bring his version of this project to the big-screen - albeit with a different plot spin this time around - then what happens to Disney's Depp-centric endeavor? And will Gilliam acquire Depp's involvement again? After The Lone Ranger, I sincerely hope not...
Are you ecstatic that Terry Gilliam's Don Quixote will FINALLY materialize?
(Source: The Wrap)