5 items from 2014
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.
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- 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, »
5 items from 2014
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