Almost 10 years ago, Terry Gilliam tried to make The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, a cursed production that eventually shut down after delays caused by freak weather and the lead actor’s back problems. The only good thing to come out of it was Lost in La Mancha, a documentary about the experience. But now Gilliam is set to try again. Oh hey, did I mention his lead actor (Heath Ledger) overdosed on pills halfway through the filming of his last movie?
Gilliam is teaming up with Brit producer Jeremy Thomas to bring his long-cherished project to the bigscreen. Gilliam and screenwriter Tony Grisoni, who also wrote the first version, have rewritten and updated the script. The new film will revolve around a filmmaker who is charmed into joining Don Quixote’s eternal quest for his ladylove, becoming an unwitting Sancho Panza.
“I’m not so much a filmmaker as someone who gets possessed by an idea and it doesn’t leave me until I make the film,” Gilliam told Variety. “I commit myself to it so fully.”
Gilliam is also in talks with Johnny Depp, who had been set to star in the first ill-fated attempt as a modern-day ad exec who travels back in time and is mistaken for Sancho Panza by Don Quixote. Scheduling concerns are seen as the biggest obstacle to Depp’s participation this time. [Variety]
Johnny Depp is great and all, but do we really have to mention his name as a possible candidate for every goddamned role? I think part of it is that “Johnny Depp” just sounds like a movie star’s name. If his name was Henry Blakowski I guarantee he’d be cleaning the skidmarks out of Tom Arnold’s underpants right now. Which is why I’m naming my son “Racecar Hairgel.”