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The story of Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is one of the all-time great Hollywood horror tales. Set to be a literary fantasy starring Johnny Depp and Jean Rochefort, the film encountered egregious problems – including a set-destroying hailstorm and a serious back injury that sent Rochefort home – that the entire production was halted and eventually cancelled. The legendarily awful production has actually been immortalized in the documentary Lost in La Mancha.
Gilliam has made several attempts to restart production on the film, but has of yet met with little success. Last week, the chances of seeing The Man Who Killed Don Quixote back in production took yet another blow when frequent Gilliam collaborator Johnny Depp announced that he will produce a “modern” Don Quixote-based project for ...
- Kyle Hembree
Terry Gilliam is a fascinating filmmaker whose mystique and reputation is informed as much by his failures as by his successes. His most critically heralded film was the mind-bending adventure Brazil, which was a commercial flop. But perhaps his biggest and most defining failure is the movie that this tenacious filmmaker has yet to complete, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Gilliam first tried to shoot his adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes' Don Quixote back in the fall of 2000 with recurring collaborator Johnny Depp set to star. However, the production fell apart in a most fantastic fashion, which was immortalized in the behind-the-scenes documentary Lost in La Mancha. Despite repeated attempts to recast and remount, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, Gilliam has yet to finish the film that haunts him. But much to our surprise, last week it was announced that Depp is developing his own Don Quixote »
Uh oh, is the bromance between Johnny Depp and Terry Gilliam fracturing? The pair, who teamed on "Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas" and "The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus" (with the actor stepping in along with Jude Law and Colin Farrell when Heath Ledger passed away during production) have famously been trying to mount "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" for years. The initial attempt was beset by all variety of disasters, chronicled in the documentary "Lost In La Mancha," and it's pretty much been Gilliam's baby, a movie he's been trying to get back on the horse with for years, but late last week Depp stole his thunder. On Friday it was revealed that the actor has set up his own "Don Quixote" movie at Disney that he will produce, a modern "re-imagining" written by Steve Pink ("Hot Tub Time Machine") and Jeff Morris (Black List script "True Memoirs »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The actor is set to produce the movie about the hero of La Mancha, but no word yet on whether he'll be acting in the project.
Meanwhile, Hewitt will executive produce a Lifetime movie based on a post from Heather Gattuccio's blog Derfwad Manor.
In the blog post, the happily married mother dreams of polygamy with. »
- Smith Cox
Last night at the British Independent Film Awards Terry Gilliam was on hand to present the Variety award to Jude Law and we spoke to the director on the red carpet on a number of his projects, past and present, finished and otherwise.
Gilliam confirmed that having finished shooting The Zero Theorem, another trip to the Orwellian badlands of corporate inhumanity and existential angst, a number of days ago that editing is beginning with an eye to an Autumn release, though there is not a fixed dates currently. The director also spoke on the forthcoming thirtieth anniversary of his masterpiece Brazil, as well as the oddity of Johnny Depp’s new Don Quixote project which, sadly, has nothing to do with Gilliam at all.
Gilliam’s insight into and opinion of the Independent film scene is naturally humble and self-effacing but it’s always inspiring to hear him talk about his own work. »
- Jon Lyus
Johnny Depp and Jennifer Love Hewitt are re-imagining stories, both classic and bizarre, in upcoming movies. Depp will help give life to Miguel de Cervantes's famed character Don Quixote in a modern-day film for Disney, Deadline.com reports. The actor is set to produce the movie about the hero of La Mancha, but no word yet on whether he'll be acting in the project. Hewitt will executive produce a Lifetime movie based on a post from Heather Gattuccio's blog Derfwad Manor, Deadline.com reports. In the blog post, the happily married mother dreams of polygamy with A-list stars. The »
- Julia Haskins
With the director currently hard at work on his next effort "The Zero Theorem," fans of Terry Gilliam’s “Brazil” can treat themselves to an early Christmas present as the film hits Blu-ray this week courtesy of The Criterion Collection. To commemorate the release, the famed label has released a clip online of the director recounting the exact moment he knew he was in for a fight with Universal. The clip is an excerpt from “The Battle of ‘Brazil,’” a documentary included with the film that details the 1985 film’s troubled release. It’s an great look at what was beginning of a streak of bad luck that has seemingly haunted Gilliam his entire career, leading right into his infamous attempt at “Don Quixote” over a decade ago. The rest of the release is just as great, including a gorgeous new transfer of Gilliam’s director’s cut along with »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Johnny Depp previously teamed with director Terry Gilliam (Twelve Monkeys) for "Who Killed Don Quixote," a movie which began filming in 2000. Unfortunately, the production ran into problems when it was hit by a flood and one of the main actors was forced to drop out due to an injury. The movie ended up getting shut down before Gilliam could finish shooting it. Despite efforts to get production back on track, the helmer was forced to scrap it and use the footage in a 2002 documentary "Lost in La Mancha," about how the project fell apart. In recent years, Gilliam has been talking about making a new version of "Who Killed Don Quixote" and has been in talks with Ewan McGregor to replace Depp. But now comes word that Disney has picked up the rights to a pitch by Depp for his own "Don Quixote" film. The script will be written by »
The movie will be based on author Miguel de Cervantes's two-part-novel "Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha" which was released in 1605 and 1615.
Depp is said to have a fascination about Don Quixote and might play a role in the movie as well.
- Meeta Kabra
When he’s not busy making Don Quixote movies without Terry Gilliam, Johnny Depp does two things: Listen to blues-rock and think about being a pirate. Luckily, he’s found a new project that allows him to pursue both passions. Back in 2006, Depp captained Rogue’s Gallery, an album of “pirate ballads, sea songs, and chanteys” featuring Lou Reed, Nick Cave, Bono, and Bryan Ferry. Now, based on the rousing semi-success of that record, the seafaring world will be blessed with a sequel. The two-disc Son Of Rogue’s Gallery will sail the briny blue starting Feb. 19, featuring »
The history of Johnny Depp and the character Don Quixote is a tale of despair. He was supposed to play Miguel de Cervantes most famous character in a film directed by Terry Gilliam, but many problems caused the film to halt filming and it never took off. But now it has been revealed that Depp will be producing a new project but without the involvement of Gilliam.
There is no plans on whether Depp will star, but he will be producing alongside Christi Dembroski on the untitled project. Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink will be writing the script with Jeff Morris.
Do you think it’s a bit rude that Depp will be in a different Don Quixote project without Gilliam?
- Lucy Cave
Despite their decade-long struggle to get a film made out of Cervantes’ Don Quixote – a book whose scope and length has reduced many a patient reader to sobs and tears - Johnny Depp is apparently moving on without Terry Gilliam for an adaptation with Disney, presumably because he secretly wants Tim Burton to get involved instead. Yes, Depp’s own production company has partnered with the House of Mouse for a “modern-re-imagining” of the classic tale, a classic tale that will absolutely get the treatment it deserves through the hiring of Hot Tub Time Machine‘s Steve Pink as screenwriter.
Depp and Gilliam’s perilous attempt to transform Quixote cinematically can be glimpsed in 1997′s documentary Lost In La Mancha, in which Gilliam’s personal journey is contrasted with that of the novel’s titular character, despite the fact that funding and weather issues and elderly cast members prevent him »
- T.J. Barnard
Johnny Depp and Disney will unite on a Don Quixote film. The actor will produce the modern-day update of the classic novel through Infinitum Nihil, the company he heads with his sister Christi Dembrowski, reports Entertainment Weekly. Jeff Morris and writer-director Steve Pink will collaborate on the screenplay for the untitled pitch based on Miguel de Cervantes's 17th-century book. Don Quixote tells the tale of a minor nobleman who becomes convinced that he is a knight errant. With his foolish squire Sancho (more) »
- By Hugh Armitage
A new "Tron" is back in development at Disney.
"Tron 3," a sequel to 2010's reboot "Tron: Legacy", is moving forward as Disney has entered negotiations with Jesse Wigutow to pen the latest draft of the script. David Digilio wrote an earlier version.
'Legacy' helmer Joseph Kosinski is attached to helm the installment. Though expensive, 'Legacy' pulled in $400 million in box-office worldwide - enough that Disney is curious about making more.
Sources: THR & Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Disney has locked up an untitled pitch "best described as a modern re-imagining of Don Quixote," with Johnny Depp and his Infinitum Nihil banner producing. Depp, an enthusiast for essentially all characters across the history of storytelling, is unsurprisingly a Quixote fan and was once set to co-star in an adaptation by Terry Gilliam. So yes, smart money goes on Depp adding the gentleman of La Mancha to his endlessly long role-scroll. He did just wrap Disney's The Lone Ranger, after all. Guy's gotta stay busy. »
- Zach Dionne
Let’s take a trip back in time to the magical year of 2010. If someone with modern eyes were to go back and try to live in these olden times, they’d discover themselves in a topsy-turvy bizarro world where the economy was in the toilet, a charismatic figure by the name of Barack Obama was in the White House, and Terry Gilliam was going to make a movie about Don Quixote starring Robert Duvall and Johnny Depp. A lot has changed since then. Ewan McGregor replaced Johnny Depp in Gilliam’s movie, then Gilliam’s movie got cancelled completely, and the White House…well, I’m not sure who’s living there these days. Who can keep track? Even after all these years though, one thing hasn’t changed: Johnny Depp is still really into the character of Don Quixote. That’s why he’s teaming up with Disney to start developing a new feature film »
- Nathan Adams
The Man of La Mancha is back.
With Johnny Depp jumping on and off board director Terry Gilliam’s troubled, long-planned film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote for years, now the actor is instead plunging his own hands into the Don Quixote mix.
EW confirms that Disney has closed a deal for an untitled pitch, a modern take on Miguel de Cervantes’ famed novel Don Quixote, to be written by Jeff Morris and writer-director Steve Pink, and produced by Depp and his sister Christi Dembrowski’s company Infinitum Nihil. Deadline first reported the news.
Pink and Morris have worked »
- Solvej Schou
Johnny Depp spent years working with Terry Gilliam to try to get the director’s dream project The Man Who Killed Don Quixote up and filming, and anyone who has seen Lost in La Mancha (2002), a documentary film narrated by Jeff Bridges, knows how doomed project turned out.
The director has spent more than a decade trying to get the picture into production, but after a series of onset disasters, the film was left unshot. Gilliam’s project may have been dealt a potentially fatal blow, and Deadline now reports that Disney has bought a pitch for an untitled modern re-imagining of Don Quixote to be produced by Gilliam’s onetime star Depp through his Infinitum Nihil banner.
Seeing Depp does »
- Nick Martin
Johnny Depp is no stranger to the bizarre and the absurd, in fact he seems to thrive in these roles whether it is Captain Jack Sparrow, Edward Scissorhands, or Sweeney Todd. In a sense, maybe this is all practice for the literary figure who wears his eccentricities on his sleeve: Don Quixote.
Disney will be on its way to making Depp their Man of La Mancha. The film version is described as a modern retelling, so it is still a mystery as to how much of the complexity of Miguel De Cervantes’ seminal novel will remain intact.
Depp though has been the subject of rumors regarding Don Quixote. At one point, he was supposed to be part Terry Gilliam’s nigh-impossible dream film, “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.” Unfortunately, due to a bevy of on-set mishaps and legal problems, Gilliam’s reworking of the literary classic was incomplete.
- Ruben Gonzalez
The efforts to get "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" onto the bigscreen were well documented in the harrowing and ultimately heartbreaking documentary, "Lost In La Mancha," and it was a brutal reminder that no matter who you are and what your resume, filmmaking can kick the crap out of you at any point. I would imagine that Terry Gilliam is somewhere today fuming about the idea that Johnny Depp just set up "a modern re-imagining of 'Don Quixote'" with Walt Disney, and Steve Pink & Jeff Morris will write the script. It's interesting that Depp's still circling the character, but »
- Drew McWeeny
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