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Terry Gilliam, despite turning 75 this month and recently publishing “Gilliamesque: A Pre-posthumous Memoir,” has no intention of seeing the curtain fall on his career. He fizzes with ideas as he sits for an interview with Variety at the British Film Institute cafe in London, dressed in a samue — a traditional Japanese jacket worn by monks and craftsmen. He jokes that the fusion of the two reflects his approach to his trade.
When it’s time to move to the location of the photo shoot across town in Covent Garden, he spurns the offer of a taxi, preferring to walk.
The determination in his brisk gait is mirrored in his creative pursuits. Though his doomed attempt to shoot “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” documented in the film “Lost in La Mancha,” took its toll on Gilliam, he has not given up on the project. Amazon is backing a revived version of the film, »
- Leo Barraclough
Gilliam started filming the movie 15 years ago, but as was charted in detail in the gripping documentary Lost In La Mancha, when the man cast in the title role - Jean Rochefort - was diagnosed with a double herniated disc, it was clear he'd have to quit the project. It'd taken Gilliam a couple of years to find him, and bringing in a last minute replacement simply wasn't on the cards. The Man Who Killed Don Quixote was duly abandoned.
Ever since then, though, Gilliam has talked of potentially reviving the project, and it seemed he was on the verge of doing so. With backing from Amazon Studios, »
Director Terry Gilliam’s long-gestating adaptation of Don Quixote has been delayed once again this week, with Contact Music reporting that the health of star John Hurt (Snowpiercer) has set the film back.
Hurt, who is the latest actor to take over the lead role of Quixote after the likes of Robert Duvall (The Judge) and original star Jean Rochefort, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer over the summer. The acclaimed actor is currently undergoing treatment, but insurers on the film want to wait and see how his treatment progresses before completing their “sign-off”.
Gilliam remains hopeful that Hurt will be fit enough to return to the project, which sees him co-star with Jack O’Connell (Starred Up). O’Connell will play the role of Toby, originally “portrayed” by Johnny Depp (Black Mass) in the abandoned 2002 version of the film.
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote was first scheduled for »
- Scott J. Davis
Terry Giliam's dream project "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" can't catch a break. Fifteen years ago Gilliam had begun to film the project before it fell apart due to a variety of reasons which were chronicled in the documentary "Lost In La Mancha".
In subsequent years came reports of attempts to remount it which never seemed to really go anywhere. This past Summer things seemed to pick up steam with word that Amazon Studios had come onboard the film and that both Jack O'Connell and John Hurt were set to star.
Now The Times reports that the project has been dealt another blow due and production has reportedly been delayed for a terrible reason - 75 year-old Hurt was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer over the summer.
While the prognosis for Hurt is said to be good, the film's insurers reportedly want to wait to see how things go before signing off on 'Quixote'. »
- Garth Franklin
While Terry Gilliam is usually game to talk about anything, in recent times he's been reluctant to get too prophetic about his chances of remounting "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote." A picture once famously cancelled after a horrifically rocky production, as chronicled in the documentary "Lost In La Mancha," it has been subject to numerous reports over the years of proposed start dates and new cast members. Gilliam has soldiered on, trying to make the movie even if destiny seems to have decided it won't happen. The latest sliver of good news came this summer, when the director revealed that Amazon Studios was now backing the picture with an early 2016 shoot in the cards. Jack O’Connell and John Hurt are set to star. But once again, fate has apparently dealt a blow to those plans. The Times reports that production on the movie has been delayed due to »
- Kevin Jagernauth
If you were perusing the Variety.com website at just the right time yesterday, you may have noticed an obituary for filmmaker and Monty Python member Terry Gilliam. The article was promptly removed shortly thereafter, since the director is actually alive and well. The obituary was clearly pre-written by Variety writer Dave McNary, and published on accident, but the filmmaker took the whole ordeal in stride, posting the following statement on his Twitter and Facebook pages last night.
"I Apologize For Being Dead especially to those who have already bought tickets to the upcoming talks, but, Variety has announced my demise. Don't believe their retraction and apology!"
Stuff.nz speculates that the article may have been published in response to a fake Facebook hoax that claimed Terry Gilliam, 74, had passed away. The filmmaker's statement on his own Facebook page included a photo that showed the director on his "death bed, »
As a recent Variety report notes, the shoot for "Beasts Of No Nation" was no picnic. Director Cary Joji Fukunaga contracted malaria, extras were tossed into jail, and even Idris Elba had a brush with injuries. “Every day, it felt like we were on a sinking ship,” Fukunaga said. “I thought, this is going to be ‘Lost in La Mancha.’ We were shooting in rainy season. Sets were washing away.” But unlike Terry Gilliam's film which was never completed and is forever rumored to be started again, Fukunaga got his in the can and it was worth it. Following rave reviews out of Venice (read ours) a new trailer for the movie has landed. Read More: Tiff Programs 'Beasts Of No Nation,' 'The Danish Girl,' 'The Martian,' 'Demolition,' And More Based on the acclaimed novel by Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala, the story follows »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Idris Elba nearly plunged to his death filming Cary Fukunaga’s “Beasts of No Nation.” The indie drama, about an African tyrant known as “the commandant” who recruits an innocent boy into his army of youth soldiers, took Elba into the depths of Ghana’s jungles for a guerrilla-like shoot. One afternoon, as the actor waited for the next scene, he leaned against a tree overlooking a waterfall, lost his footing and fell over the ledge. Luckily, there was a narrow ridge that saved him from a 90-foot drop.
“I remember slipping and catching onto this big branch that was sticking up, and I literally was like, ‘Whoa!’ ” recalls Elba. “It was a moment where I was like, ‘This is the real deal.’ ”
- Ramin Setoodeh
As film after film rolls into our theatres, we generally give little thought to the process that brought them there – beyond, perhaps, appreciating the technical prowess on display. The fact is, for most movies, the process begins long before, and involves screenplay purchases, re-writes, production financing and detailed scheduling, among other challenges. In reality, getting any film into a theatre is, in itself, an achievement of perseverance, ambition, and dedication.
Stories of troubled productions are legion, with the most famous often generating their own films. Possibly the greatest example of this is The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, which is a film adaptation of the book Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. Terry Gilliam has made a reported seven attempts to film this project between 1998 and 2014, with the most spectacular occurring in 2000, when cameras actually rolled, but were halted by catastrophic flooding, illness and financial difficulty. The 2002 documentary Lost In La Mancha »
- Sarah Myles
When you look back Terry Gilliam’s embattled, Sisyphean career, documented in films like “Lost In La Mancha” or chronicled in stories of the filmmaker taking out an ad in Variety against Universal for holding “Brazil” ransom” and eventually winning that battle, one generally doesn’t think of the mythic comedy “The Fisher King.” Critically acclaimed, universally loved, and nominated for five Academy Awards including a Best Actor nomination for the late Robin Williams (it won Best Supporting Actor for Mercedes Ruehl), “The Fisher King” is generally not the film one thinks about when they think "beleaguered Terry Gilliam movie". But it’s interesting to hear its narrative in the context of those that were there at the time looking back on getting the film made. Out on DVD/Blu-Ray this week thanks to the Criterion Collection, the DVD extras paint a lesser-known picture: Terry Gilliam close to being locked »
- Rodrigo Perez
While not all receive the golden ticket for a Park City premiere, the invaluable support available at the Sundance Institute is ongoing and takes several shapes and forms. Last year’s batch of Documentary Edit and Story Labs attendees included Anna Sandilands & Ewan McNicol who trimmed Uncertain, while Lyric Cabral & David Felix Sutcliffe spliced into shape (T)Error. As underlined in the press release, this year’s eight projects touches of subjects of transgender parents, the aftermath of Sandy Hook tragedy, exonerated death row inmates and AIDS. Among the noteworthy names attending (June 19-27 and July 3-11) we find Lost in La Mancha duo of Keith Fulton & Lou Pepe (see pic above) and Informant director Jamie Meltzer’s tentatively titled Freedom Fighters. Here are the participants and creative folk for ’15.
- Eric Lavallee
Terry Gilliam's abortive attempts to make his big screen riff on Cervantes' famous novel are well documented in the wonderful film, Lost in La Mancha. But at various film Q&As and other settings, people have been asking the director for years if he would ever attempt it again. And Gilliam has always been forthcoming that he would, some day return to making The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.And that day is apparently here, in an interview with Indiewire, Gilliam has indicated that Amazon is ponying up the cash and giving him the artistic freedom he desires. The film is to shoot in 2016 with John Hurt in the leading role, with a theatrical release followed by an Amazon-only streaming release.The article quotes Gilliam as saying, "Amazon...
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Alright, everybody. For the next few days, at least, avoid black cats as best you can, step around any ladders you might come upon, and if you spill salt, be sure to throw some over your shoulder. The Playlist reports that the recently announced Amazon Studios deal to bring Terry Gilliam on to produce, write, and direct original content for them includes that most infamous of troubled productions: Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. You may also know this as that movie that produced an acclaimed documentary, Lost in La Mancha, focused solely on how hopeless the production was when Gilliam last tried to create his would-be masterwork, which, at the time, had wrangled none other than Johnny Depp. The current incarnation will feature John Hurt as Quixote with Jack O'Connell, of Unbroken, Starred Up, and this year's excellent '71, as the secondary lead. According to Gilliam, the way »
- Chris Cabin
Amazon seems to have the funds and means to make themselves on par with not only their streaming competitor Netflix but also every other independent studio in Hollywood right now, and with their power it looks like they're going down the auteur route. In addition to producing Spike Lee's next "joint" Chiraq and working on Woody Allen's first-ever TV show, they have also inked deals on the next projects from directors Terry Gilliam and Jim Jarmusch. Deadline broke the story, but it was the astute eyes over at The Playlist found the scoop buried in their report. Amazon has yet to confirm what projects the filmmakers have signed onto with their banner, so to figure out what's in the works one has to rely solely on what each filmmaker announced previously. Although Gilliam expressed interest in making a steampunk version of 1984 in recent history, it would seem this is mostly likely the very, »
- Will Ashton
This week, Neil Calloway looks at the recent collapse of two films, and the wider implications for Hollywood…
Imagine if you’d secured Bruce Willis, or Robert De Niro and Robert Pattinson to star in your film, sorted out financing and actually started shooting; you’d be pretty happy. You wouldn’t be guaranteed a hit – in William Goldman’s oft-repeated maxim about Hollywood “nobody knows anything”, but you’d be pretty certain that your film would get a release, and had the potential to make money.
But of course, this is Hollywood. “Nobody knows anything” is often repeated because it’s true. In November last year Idol’s Eye, starring De Niro and Pattinson, shut down production, and this week Bruce Willis, along with director John Pogue, left the film Wake after production had been “temporarily” stopped earlier in the year. Both films were to be produced by Benaroya Pictures, »
- Neil Calloway
When Only God Forgives made its debut at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, it’s fair to say the reaction was somewhat mixed. Some hooted and derided the film. A few got up and left. Many, on the other hand, championed director Nicolas Winding Refn’s follow up to his critically-acclaimed Drive, also starring Ryan Gosling.
The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw, for example, prized the film, and for this writer, it was a disturbing counterpoint to the more commercial Drive - if that film was a sun-drenched dream in which Ryan Gosling played an archetypal male hero, then Only God Forgives is the nightmare: a view of machismo gone horribly awry.
If some critics were appalled by the film, Refn had misgivings of his own. The director’s self-doubt »
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