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Michael Cusumano here with the latest dispatch from the bizarre world of Terry Gilliam.
Terry Gilliam is an artist one can’t help but root for. The image of Gilliam that comes most readily to mind is one from the great behind-the-scenes disaster documentary Lost in La Mancha. It’s early, before his production has imploded, and the director reviews one of the few shots he managed to get on film for his doomed Don Quixote project. The image of the three men cast as giants lumbering toward the camera delights Gilliam to no end. His childlike glee at the sight of their rolls of fat jiggling in grotesque slow-mo is an image of an artist in touch with the pure, silly thrill of filmmaking. A man who lives for the experience of seeing his cracked visions transferred to the big screen.
On the other hand, the subtler, less flattering »
- Michael C.
Sometimes it’s a wonder he gets any movies made at all. Over the course of his legendary career, Terry Gilliam (Brazil, Time Bandits, 12 Monkeys) has built a reputation as a director who likes to try for the impossible — be they shots, scenes, or entire movies. This is, after all, a man who made a romantic comedy about homeless people, madness, and death (The Fisher King). A man who made a microbudget, absurdist, effects-laden coming-of-age fantasy (Tideland). A man who made a film of Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas that's just as nutty, if not more so, as the original book.Sometimes his job is difficult because he sets impossible challenges for himself. Sometimes it’s difficult because fate doesn’t cooperate: His attempted filming of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote was famously scuttled due to horrid weather and an ill lead, as depicted »
- Bilge Ebiri
Terry Gilliam's reputation as a filmmaker is one of great vision and great misfortune. His difficulties in attempting to make The Man Who Killed Don Quixote filled the behind-the-scenes documentary Lost In La Mancha. And with the film still uncompleted, that 2002 doc could well merit a sequel. He hit an incredible obstacle with The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus when his leading man, Heath Ledger, unexpectedly died before production wrapped. And now, his latest, The Zero Theorem is facing a lawsuit over part of its set design. THR reports Terry Gilliam is being sued by three well-known street artists who allege The Zero Theorem violates the copyright of their collaborative mural titled Castillo. Argentinians Franco "Jaz" Fasoli and Nicolas "Ever" Escalada, as well as Canadian Derek "Troy Lovegates -- aka Other" Mehaffey -- are holding Voltage Pictures, Amplify Releasing and other distributors as responsible for what they call Gilliam's "repeated »
After all these years, it looks like Terry Gilliam is actually going to get to make his Don Quixote film. Years ago he set out on a journey to make a movie called The Man Who Killed Don Quixote with Johnny Depp, and it never finished production because it was plagued with all kinds of problems famously portrayed in the documentary Lost in La Mancha.
Gilliam never gave up on the project though, and over the years he has retooled the story from a modern day ad man who travels back in time, to a film set in the present day about how movies can damage people. Gilliam has finally secured the financing he needs to make the film, and plans to shoot it after Christmas this year. Here's what he had to say about it in an interview with The Wrap:
"I keep incorporating my own life into it and shifting it. »
- Joey Paur
After trying for nearly 20 years, director Terry Gilliam seems to finally be ready to shoot The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. The project has been in varying stages of development forever, to the point that there's even a documentary called Lost in La Mancha about Gilliam's struggle to make the film in the 90s. Names like Johnny Depp, Ewan McGregor and Robert Duvall circled at different times to no avail, but now it appears the pieces might be coming together. Gilliam tells The Wrap that financing for the film has been secured and the plan is to shoot the film after this Christmas. However, it's not clear who will star. Read on! Gilliam says he's hoping to lock down the cast very soon, and the story has changed since he first started this venture, revealing that the story is modernized and a little bit meta, with winks and nods to »
- Ethan Anderton
It’s been a long, frustrating ride for Terry Gilliam and his efforts to make a film inspired by Miguel De Cervantes' 17th Century Spanish classic Don Quixote. The one time he actually managed to get it on its feet, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote stumbled quickly thanks to a quagmire of bad luck, bad health and bad weather. He has announced several start dates in the years since, talking up an early 2015 kick-off in May. Now he’s saying that shooting will begin just after Christmas, and details to The Wrap how the film has changed.The version that was to have starred Johnny Depp – chronicled in its misfortune by documentary Lost In La Mancha – followed an ad man who meets Quixote. Now? It’s more about the character himself, and just a smidge of the director... “I keep incorporating my own life into it and shifting it, »
It seems that Terry Gilliam is no longer Lost in La Mancha, so to speak. The director may finally be able to make The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, his long-gestating project based on Miguel de Cervantes’ novel and characters, as he explained to The Wrap that the film has a new cast being assembled and financing is in place.
Gilliam’s mission to bring The Man Who Killed Don Quixote to the big screen, which has spawned close to two decades now, has been a tiring and frustrating ordeal for the filmmaker. His original version, which he tried to make with Johnny Depp in the late nineties, was plagued by injuries, disruptive weather and terrible filming conditions. (Watch the superb documentary Lost in La Mancha for more detail about the beleaguered production.)
Apparently, the script has been significantly re-worked and his Don Quixote has changed quite a bit from »
- Jordan Adler
If you’ve followed the career of Terry Gilliam, you’d know that one of the projects that has enchanted and haunted him for the last 15 years is The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Somewhat appropriately, given the thematic conceit of the book, it’s been something of a windmill-chasing affair. I wouldn’t lame the blame of that at Gilliam’s feet though, he’s always been an ambitious visionary and he knows that sometimes these things can essentially be cursed. So kudos to him for not giving up on it. Even though we’re not getting the Johnny Depp version featured in Lost in La Mancha (or even the Robert Duvall version they attempted after that), we may finally be getting a version of this movie after all. And one that sounds quite interesting in the sense that he'll be incorporating some real-life elements into it. Hit the »
- Evan Dickson
After almost 20 years, Terry Gilliam claims that his Quixotic quest to bring Miguel Cervantes’ iconic literary character to the big screen is reportedly back in play. Speaking to The Wrap, the eclectic director said that he finally has financing to begin work on a new take about Don Quixote, which he most famously attempted with Johnny Depp in The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. “I’ve done it so many times—or not done it so many times—I’ll believe it when I see it,” he told the site. “However, I’m behaving as if it’s all going to happen as planned. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Terry Gilliam’s sci-fi dystopia flick The Zero Theorem will finally open in U.S. theaters this September, but the filmmaker is already looking ahead to his next (planned) project: The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Now, fans of the director know that he’s been saying that he wants to make his Don Quixote film next many, many times, since his initial attempt at production ended up being cancelled part-way through (an event chronicled in the 2002 documentary Lost in La Mancha). This time, however, there’s a slight twist.
Earlier this year, Gilliam said that expected to begin shooting Don Quixote this September, in the Canary Islands; problem was, he didn’t have the financing all properly ...
- Sandy Schaefer
After nearly two decades of aborted attempts and frustration, Terry Gilliam seems like he will finally bring “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” to life. The “Brazil” filmmaker and Monty Python member told TheWrap on Thursday that he has financing for the film and plans to shoot after Christmas. The script has evolved significantly since he first tried to make the movie with Johnny Depp in the late '90s (see the documentary “Lost in La Mancha” for a very detailed look at that era), and now is a modernized, »
- Jordan Zakarin
Terry Gilliam has been trying to get a Don Quixote film made for about as long as I can remember. He came close with Johnny Depp back in the late 90s before things fell through, and the details of that struggle were chronicled in the documentary Lost In La Mancha. Now it seems as Gilliam is going to give it another go after Christmas of this year, although the story has become more meta than before In Terry Gilliam's words: I keep incorporating my own life into it and shifting it. The »
- Sean Wist
The release of any Terry Gilliam film is a big deal. More so than any living filmmaker of lauded repute, Gilliam’s work has been unusually burdened by outsized circumstances that render it astonishing that he’s even accomplished the work he has, from Universal’s re-cutting of Brazil to his lead actor dying during the production of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus to his doomed “Don Quixote” project, documented in the film Lost in La Mancha. Not since Orson Welles (who famously pursued his own uncompleted Quixote film) has a respected filmmaker had such an endlessly difficult time bringing his ideas to screen. That makes the announcement of a late summer release date for Gilliam’s newest feature, The Zero Theorem, all the more remarkable. The film looks like prime Gilliam territory, with its dystopic representation of a certain future burdened by blinding consumerism and Kafka-esque bureaucracy reminiscent of the director’s most notorious battle for »
- Landon Palmer
While fans still have just under two years left until Duncan Jones' Warcraft hits theaters in March 2016, the filmmaker is already looking forward to his next project, which could end up being the long-delayed sci-fi thriller Mute.
Take a look at what the director had to say on his Twitter page earlier this week, then read on for more details regarding Mute.
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) July 15, 2014
And yes: every director has a Don Quixote shelf. Some are just dustier than others. ;)
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) July 15, 2014
The "Don Quixote shelf" he mentions is likely a reference to director Terry Gilliam's ill-fated The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, which was shut down after a tumultuous production that was chronicled in the 2003 documentary Lost in La Mancha. »
Wow. My head must have been buried in the sand because, aside from a few cursory glances at a poster here and there around the net, I had been more or less unfamiliar with the new Terry Gilliam film, The Zero Theorem. Not anymore. This new U.S. trailer is fantastic. It's utterly striking and unique and reminds us of what Gilliam is capable of. I'm so relieved someone gave him some money to play around with again. The Zero Theorem stars Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, a computer hacker who searches for the meaning of life while being distracted by Management, a shadowy figure from an Orwellian corporation; Melanie Thierry, Tilda Swinton, and David Thewlis also star. The film hits iTunes on August 19th and limited theaters on September 19th. Hit the jump for The Zero Theorem trailer! As you'll see below, it's pretty great, right? I like how »
- Evan Dickson
It’s a project he has tried to make twice before, once with a catastrophic shoot that went down in history alongside Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now and the second time with a star cast in place but no funding. Now director and ex-Python Terry Gilliam has revealed he is meeting with actors this week for the latest attempt to nail The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.
The story concerns a director who is drawn into the fantasy world of Quixote, a deluded figure obsessed with the age of chivalry who roamed Spain getting into adventures with his assistant Sancho Panza. The source is 17th century Cervantes but the modern treatment was pure Gilliam. The original production became the subject of a documentary, Lost In La Mancha (2002), which chronicled the troubled weeks that saw the cast and crew beset by ill health, freak weather conditions and the military. Gilliam »
- Steve Palace
Terry Gilliam’s dream project, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, has been languishing in production limbo for years now. The closest the project came to fruition was in 2002, when it became the subject of the fascinating documentary Lost in La Mancha - a film largely concerned with the total failure of Gilliam to actually make a movie about Don Quixote. But reports continue to surface that the director is trying to resurrect his re-telling of the famous epic about a Spanish gentleman who imagines that he’s a romantic knight-errant.
Today, Variety (via The Playlist) reports that The Man Who Killed Don Quixote will start filming in early 2015, with casting now underway. This follows on the heels of a quiet indication that actor John Hurt might be in talks to play Don Quixote himself. Though Hurt is not yet confirmed, it’s a nice possibility and gives greater credence »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Gotham: The first cast photo for Fox's upcoming TV series Gotham has been released, and it confirms that Detective Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie, who shared the photo via social media) and his partner Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) will be front and center in the Batman prequel. The series will debut this fall; it's already been ordered for a full season. [Twitter] The Man Who Killed Don Quixote: Director Terry Gilliam attempted to bring Don Quixote to the big screen in 2000, with Johnny Depp and Jean Rochefort on board to star, but that project fell apart for reasons well explained in the 2002 documentary Lost in La Mancha. But Gilliam has not given up; he tried to obtain financing for a reworked version with Robert Duvall and Ewan McGregor from 2008-2010. That...
- Peter Martin
The veteran actor has been approached regarding the title role in the famously ill-fated adaptation of the Cervantes classic, reports Sic.
Hurt revealed that he had been contacted about the role at a panel for the Derby Film Festival.
Robert Duvall was most recently connected to the project.
Gilliam has famously made multiple attempts to bring the novel to the big screen, but has been scuppered by a series of disasters including injuries, financial woes and acts of God, which were documented in the film Lost in La Mancha.
According to Variety, production has been delayed on The Man Who Killed Don Quixote and will begin in early 2015. »
Gilliam will meet with actors later this week. Guerra and Gilliam aim to go into production early 2015, shooting in Spain’s Canary Islands, Guerra told Variety Sunday.
Adrian Guerra’s Nostromo Pictures will lead produce; Jeremy Thomas, who licensed the rights of “Man” to Guerra, will take an executive producer credit with Thomas’ London-based Recorded Picture Co. associate producing.
Film’s storyline is a rewrite of the totally contempo Robert Duvall/Ewan McGregor re-launch that Thomas and Gilliam battled to finance over 2008-10, turning on an commercials director who is confused with Sancho Panza by a deluded actor who played Don Quixote in a movie the exec once shot.
They failed to raise the financing. The key difference this time round, »
- John Hopewell and Leo Barraclough
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