Terry Gilliam‘s film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has had such a troubled birth that it has become the stuff of cinema legend. The project, once the subject of the great documentary Lost in La Mancha, was famously beset by natural disasters and an incapacitated lead actor when Gilliam originally tried to shoot it in 2000. The director is going to try again, with a new cast and slightly different script. And now he claims he’s got one of the principal actors locked. Read More »
After the break, a video interview in which Terry Gilliam and I discuss The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote and his real plans for adapting Philip K. Dick. But first…
Who doesn’t love Pixar? Okay, apart from Armond White? Not many folk, no? And it seems like Terry Gilliam is as enamored with the powerhouse animation studio as the rest of us. Speaking at a BFI special event career retrospective last Friday night, Gilliam came around to discussing the state of modern animation. After praising Pixar for their films, noting how they are clearly a studio run by “creative people” and not suits, and commenting on how much of the bold political cinema he’s seen recently has been in animated family films, Gilliam also let on that he wants to work for the studio. He revealed that he met Andrew Stanton at the premiere of Wall-E and quite sincerely told him to “hold the door open” for him.
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Phil Stubbs of Dreams, the splendid online Terry Gilliam fanzine and forum, has recently had another chance to chat with the master director about his films upcoming, and one definitely no longer approaching. Though Gilliam is still currently working on the PR and sales for The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, he’s also preparing to film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote next spring. His last attempt to mount the production was infamously thwarted by a whole heap of unfortunate coincidences, giving rise to the Tragi-documentary Lost in La Mancha. That time around it starred, or was in the process of starring, Johnny Depp as a commercials director transported into a Cervantes novel. Next time around, however, that most definitely won’t be the case.
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If you’ve never seen Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe’s documentary Lost in La Mancha, you should add it to your list (or Netflix queque) right now. The film chronicles the making of a movie that was never actually completed, Terry Gilliam‘s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.
Over the years, Gilliam has made numerous attempts to bring the story to the big screen, and all of them have failed. His last attempt, which was doomed from the start, starred Johnny Depp, Vanessa Paradis and Jean Rochefort. The production was plagued with sound problems, injuries, and even a flash flood. Production was shut down after a month, and the project shelved. But nine years later, Gilliam is ready to get lost in La Mancha all over again.
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Take that, Diablo Cody. You’re not the only filmmaker to get the ol’ Connelly one-two. No, just one day after I reported on Terry Gilliam for the first time, I’ve got reason to do so again. Empire magazine have spoken to the man himself and found out that he’s already started work rewriting The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, ahead of his second mounting of the project later this year.
If you need a refresher, here it is in a nutshell: In the year 2000, Gilliam was making a film; Johnny Depp and Jean Rochefort were the leads; everything went wrong; a few more things went wrong; the last few things went wrong and the film had to be cancelled after just days. It has all been documented a hundred times over, not least in the wonderful documentary Lost in La Mancha, but now, finally, Gilliam has retrieved the script he wrote with Tony Grisoni and, for the last week, the two of them have been doing a new draft. And, if we believe what the man says, it’s not going to be just a simple polish.
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Here are various tidbits that didn’t make the /Film front page in midst of the Comic-Con madness. We like to call this Page 2.
Tyrese Gibson says he’s in talks to star in the Thundercats movie. According to Coming Soon, he didn’t discuss characters or live-action vs. CGI et al.
Shia LaBeouf got LaBeouf’ed by the law. Has the new Busted Tee playing up his arrest been released? I was asleep.
Wesley Strick (Doom, Wolf, Cape Fear) will pen New Line‘s A Nightmare on Elm Street remake. The film is being fast tracked for a release next year to coincide with the franchise’s 25th anniversary. The trades report that the film will keep the “high school setting,” while focusing more on the psychology and nightmares of Freddy Krueger. “The plan is to have a dark tone.” So, no tongue-through-the-telephone or crappy one-liners? Slashfilm’s Adam Quigley reported on Platinum Dunes‘s involvement earlier today.
The feature film based on the cult documentary, Cocaine Cowboys, will soon have a screenplay by Evan Wright (HBO’s Generation Kill). Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg are still attached to star and direct, respectively. A while ago, I reviewed the Cocaine Cowboys script for the pilot episode of a proposed HBO series from Michael Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer. Unlike said series, the feature film will center around Jon Roberts, a real life Vietnam vet who made way in the NYC club scene before he became a legendary Miami cocaine dealer for the Medellin cartel.
Leonardo DiCaprio, his production company, Appian Way, and Warner Bros. are seeking material for a new Twilight Zone film. The film will based around a single “episode,” unlike the uneven, highly kooky but watchable 1983 anthology movie. According to THR, the original series hosted by the great Rod Serling is one of DiCaprio’s fave TV shows.
Are Johnny Depp and Terry Gilliam reteaming to make The Man Who Killed Don Quixote? Hello mag says they are. Didn’t those two fellows watch Lost in La Mancha?
With his first major hit, Hancock, strutting past $200 million, director Peter Berg is keeping his platter filled with large scale projects—see aforementioned Cocaine Cowboys, a Dune remake, and a new Hercules film. This new son-of-Zeus flick, parked at Universal, will be based on the comic book miniseries, Hercules: The Thracian Wars, from Radical Publishing. You can read the vague, 300-esque logline here.
John Waters will keep his mustache-maintenance funds flush by writing the sequel to his Hairspray remake. The 2007 musical starred John Travolta, Queen Latifah and Michelle Pfeiffer and grossed $120 million domestically. The sequel will reportedly pick up where the first film left off, and the original cast is again being sought to reprise its roles.
A remake of the classic Errol Flynn pirate film, Captain Blood, is being prepped by Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games, The Quiet American, The Saint) for Warner Bros. It’s thought the Noyce will helm the project. The 1935 film—a Best Picture nominee—followed the character, Dr. Peter Blood, and his transformation into a pirate after being convicted of treason in 17th century England and sold to slavery in the Caribbean.
Tim Burton has found his Alice. Aussie actress, Mia Wasikowska (right), who stars in the HBO show, In Treatment, has landed the lead role in Disney‘s Alice in Wonderland. Due in 2010, the film is said to combine live action performance capture a la Beowulf and live-action. It will be presented in 3D. Awww man, Slashfilm wanted Johnny Depp for the role, as previously rumored. The script is by Lion King scribe Linda Woolverton.
Ridley Scott‘s “Robin Hood was a goon” movie, Nottingham, has been delayed indefinitely. Reports say it won’t start production until next year. Russel Crowe was set to star as the protagonist sheriff. Maybe this means Scott will go full-throttle into Brave New World?
What did you guys and gals think of the first new episode of Mad Men last night?
Radical Publishing (the above Hercules flick) has linked up with Bryan Singer, who will produce Freedom Formula, a comic book adaptation that will do for exo-suits what Top Gun did for fighter Jets. Singer is also producing the Image Comics adaptation, Capeshooters, about two superhero paparazzos who discover that an iconic do-gooder is actually a supervillian.
I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a movie trashed more in a weekend than The Spirit.
Did you see Step Brothers? This is the ultra-burrito of manchild movies—tired though that genre may be, this flick is pretty damn funny. Favorite line: that random “your fake hearing aids!” bit Ferrell yells mid-tirade at his step dad. Favorite scene: the centaur is tied with “Catalina wine mixer motherfucker!”