Johnny Depp revisiting Don Quixote at Disney

News Simon Brew 6 Dec 2012 - 06:43
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A Don Quixote movie, with Johnny Depp involve, is back on. But will Terry Gilliam get to direct?

One of cinema's lost potential gems remains Terry Gilliam's ambitious attempts to bring the Don Quixote story to the big screen. Gilliam's struggles, which included beginning shooting before the production was shut down, were charted in the terrific, if melancholy documentary Lost In La Mancha. If you've not seen it, we can't recommend it strongly enough.

Gilliam had cast Johnny Depp in his film, and it was to be a period take on the tale. And the director had always given the impression that he'd like to get the film moving again, if circumstances prevailed.

Which makes the next piece of news intriguing. It's being reported that Johnny Depp's Infinitum Nihil company has joined together with Disney on a new Don Quixote project. Based on a screenplay pitch from Steve Pink and Jeff Morris, this will be a modern day take on the character. Depp is expected to star and produce.

The question, then: will Terry Gilliam get the chance to direct this one? It's too early on the project for news of a director, it seems, but it'd be pretty crappy after everything he went through last time around for Gilliam to not at least get a phone call.

We'll keep you posted.


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If you ever come home after a s****y day at work, your bank balance makes miserable reading, you've had a blazing row with your significant other, and your team has been dumped out of the Champions League, stick on Lost In La Mancha because it'll make all your troubles seem small... either that or whistle a happy tune.

What a feckin traitor!

A Disney film by Terry Gilliam should be a great family night...

Bear in mind that Gilliam's Don Quixote wasn't entirely a period piece either, since it involved a 21st Century advertising executive traveling back in time to be mistaken for Sancho Panza. I love Gilliam but that idea always sounded awful.

F**K! The one bad thing about the Gilliam version was Depp. Now he's doing it all himself? WE FINALLY GET A QUIXOTE MOVIE AND IT'S JOHNNY F**KING DEPP?! Words cannot express how much I hate this as a concept. I hope it'll be good. I'll go in with an open mind, as much as I do hate it. I want to love it, but god damn it.

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