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Wednesday
Oct072009

Terry Gilliam Returns to La Mancha Next Spring

Terry Gilliam's tormented production of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote looks like it's finally on solid ground. Hey, it only took about nine years.

Gilliam first began work on Don Quixote back in 2000, but the film got wildly out of control, both because of internal and external influences (a flood ruined sets and actor Jean Rochefort was seriously injured during the production). So the money and the film both vanished. You can watch the documentary Lost in La Mancha to find out more.

But now Gilliam says it's back on, telling Empire, "We're up and running again, we've rewritten the script and finally got it back, the budget's come in." The previous film started with a $40 million budget. Even though it's ten years later, I doubt Gilliam will get that kind of money this time around. In order to make the film, he probably had to compromise.

But that's not the only news. "I think we've found our Quixote," exclaimed the director. "But who's it going to be? Well, I'm not going to tell you, but it'll start next Spring."

Reader Comments (2)

Awww good old Mr. Gilliam, how your sense of humor is killing me...

Who is it damnit?? lol

Hope it lives up to the hype...

guessing Colin Farrell...

Thursday, October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSEAN

I spent last night watching The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, which is Gilliam's outrageoulsy lavish and self-indulgent film from 1988. It's been 20 years since I last saw it and I still enjoyed it tremendoulsy. (Although I must say they've done a funny crop on the BluRay version.)

Therefore I am glad that there are still people who are mad enough to give Gilliam their money to make movies from, because they most likely won't get i back. What they will get however is an outstanding piece of film that makes us all richer in our minds and spirits.

Not everything is about the money, you know.

p.s. It ain't gonna be Colin Farrell because Depp couldn't play Sancho Panza opposite him. It's gonna be some ageing brit actor, I think. Perhaps Geoffrey Rush, although he's an Aussie.

Friday, October 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLengthy Johnson

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