Johnny Depp revisiting Don Quixote at Disney
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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