14 items from 2014
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
For students of cinema, several films-that-were-never-made have been the subject of articles, books, and documentaries. Historians enjoy imagining just what movie delights almost happened, that were stopped by different circumstances, often budgetary. I recall seeing production art for Willis O’Brien’s teaming of titans in “King Kong Meets Frankenstein”. Before George Pal produced the definitive big screen version, Ray Harryhausen shot test footage for a proposed “War of the Worlds”. And animation buffs have wondered at the pencil test sequences Looney Tunes wildman Bob Clampett whipped up to try to sell MGM on a cartoon short series based on “John Carter of Mars”. And in this “what if” study, there would need to be a sizable sidebar on the unfilmed works of Orson Welles. Years before Coppola, Welles tried to adapt Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” for the movies along with comics’ “Batman” and “Don Quixote” (Terry Gilliam’s »
- Jim Batts
We like to think of movies that never get made, or that were left unfinished, as tragedies. Think back to the documentary Lost in La Mancha, a funny yet ultimately dispiriting look at Terry Gilliam’s strangely cursed attempt to film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote; Gilliam is still trying to make that movie. But when director Frank Pavich entertainingly traces the story of another unmade movie in the doc Jodorowsky’s Dune, he finds something surprising: a happy ending. Sort of.Could Alejandro Jodorowsky’s film version of Dune ever have actually happened? Who knows? In the mid-1970s, on the heels of his cult hits El Topo and The Holy Mountain, the Chilean-born director planned to film Frank Herbert’s dense, immense sci-fi magnum opus. The movie he envisioned, several years before Star Wars, was sprawling, dreamlike, and a little insane, with state-of-the art special effects, tracking »
- Bilge Ebiri
Will Terry Gilliam finally defeat his his metaphorical white whale by filming The Man Who Killed Don Quixote later this year? The Monty Python alum claims that he’s close to finally having the necessary funding to move ahead with the project, though coming after so many previous failed attempts to get his historical literature/fantasy back into production – including his original effort that got canceled due to a tumultuous shoot in 2001 (as was eventually documented in Lost in La Mancha) - it sadly wouldn’t come as a huge shock if the filmmaker’s plans fell through once again.
In the meantime, we call look forward to The Zero Theorem, Gilliam’s new vision of an overly-commercialized and technological-happy future – which, as it were, is arriving just short of thirty years after his 1985 sci-fi cult classic Brazil opened in theaters.
Click to continue reading ‘Zero Theorem’ Gets Three Featurettes – The Director, »
- Sandy Schaefer
Fifteen years after Terry Gilliam first tried to film his unique take on the 17th century literary classic ‘The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha’, the legendary director has announced that his third attempt at The Man Who Killed Don Quixote should begin production around September 29 2014.
The literary classic, written by Spanish novelist, poet and playwright Miguel De Cervantes, follows the adventures of Alonso Quixana as he sets out to revive the concept of chivalry under the name ‘Don Quixote’. Gilliam’s version takes that source material and combines it with modern satire, diverting from the original tale early on by switching Quixote’s sidekick, Sancho Panza, for a 21st century advertising executive who has been “thrown back in time”.
- Sarah Myles
It has been more than ten years since 2003's Lost in La Mancha documentary told the harrowing tale of director Terry Gilliam and star Johnny Depp attempting to make the infamous The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, a long gestating and often troubled movie that has been Gilliam's passion project for more than two decades. Now, the director is back at it, and claims that shooting on a reworked Don Quixote starts this September.
Empire Magazine recently caught up with the filmmaker to discuss The Zero Theorem, where Terry revealed that The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is heading to the Canary Islands on September 29. Spanish producer Adrián Guerra (Grand Piano) helped raise the capital to get the movie back on its feet.
Terry Gilliam had this to say about the producer.
"He's really smart, loves movies. He's young enough to still love movies. But we've still got to »
The tale of Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is movie lore by now. Not-quite-making-of doc Lost In La Mancha charted the foiling of his first attempt to make it due to a combination of injury, Nato fly-bys and rotten luck. Undeterred, and with a refusal to surrender that would impress even the Spanish hidalgo, Gilliam is having another crack and has concept art to show for it and a new start date lined up.When Empire caught up with Gilliam to talk The Zero Theorem, he revealed that production on Don Quixote will kick off on September 29 in the Canary Islands. Gilliam now has Spanish producer Adrián Guerra, veteran of Buried, Red Lights and Elijah Wood’s Grand Piano (movies made under similarly restrained circumstances) to run interference for him, help raise capital and shoot down any errant fighter jets. “He’s really smart, loves movies, »
14 items from 2014
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