Posted on Thursday, October 13th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The news that Disney is making a film version of Don Quixote, the legendary 1605 book by Miguel de Cervantes that is often credited as being the root of the modern novel, is, by itself, not that surprising. Classic literally characters being reinvented by Hollywood is nothing new – just ask everyone from Sherlock Holmes to Robin Hood. But for film fans, Don Quixote carries a little extra weight. The news that the biggest entertainment conglomerate in the industry is taking on this iconic work will hopefully not be enough to give poor Terry Gilliam a heart attack.
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It’s unfortunate to report Terry Gilliam‘s longtime passion project The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has been delayed again. The writer-director was going to start shooting the film (for the second time) next week, but another unexpected curveball has been thrown in this troubled project’s direction. Gilliam called the most recent delay of his fantastical adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes’ novel “slight.”
Below, find out the reason behind the latest The Man Who Killed Don Quixote delay.
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This news report is Johnny Depp figuratively spitting in Terry Gilliam’s face. Years ago, Gilliam and Depp were working on The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, a fantastic (in the true sense of the word) take on the old Cervantes tale. The production faced insurmountable odds, from illness and accidents to extreme weather, and was shut down.
Gilliam tried to revive the film, and nearly managed to shoot it again, albeit without Depp. Asked about the possibility of Depp’s return, Gilliam said, “I can now honestly say that I’m not working with Johnny on Don Quixote. He’s booked himself up on a lot of other films,” which was the nicest thing he had to say on the subject.
Now Depp has taken a new and different Don Quixote pitch to Disney, and the studio has signed on.
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Most filmmakers have projects they want to make but never get around to. Maybe they can’t get the funding together, maybe they lose the rights or maybe they pass away. There are famous examples of this all the way through history from Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon and Orson Welles’s Don Quixote to newer projects like James Cameron’s Spider-Man, Tim Burton’s Superman and Peter Jackson’s Halo. The list goes on and on.
Artist Fernando Reza, who also did these cool TV Band posters, asked the question, “What If?” What if Stanley Kubrick finished Napoleon? What is Orson Welles finished Don Quixote? And he answered those questions with his new set of film posters called The Ones That Got Away; Four posters including those two aforementioned films as well as Alfred Hitchcock’s Kaleidoscope and David Lean’s Nostromo.
Read what Reza had to say about the project, see all the posters and learn how to buy them after the jump. Read More »
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If this news is true, it can be read, basically, as Warner Bros. and Joel Silver giving Terry Gilliam the finger. But that’s Hollywood, right? The studio and producer are reportedly fast-tracking a tentpole film based on Miguel Cervantes‘ massive novel Don Quixote. Read More »
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