When will the madness stop? After nearly 20 years of failed attempts to get his passion project, a modern retelling of Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote, off the ground, it looked like Terry Gilliam was finally about to be vindicated. A couple of months ago, he was prepping for a production start that was scheduled to happen on October 4th with Adam Driver and Michael Palin attached to star. Then, just days before cameras were set to roll, it was revealed that one of his producers had not secured some of the money in time and the production was once again delayed. Gilliam remains optimistic, but now adding insult to injury, we have learned that Disney is developing a competing project of their own. Hit the jump for more details.
According to THR, Disney is in the process of setting up a movie of their own based on Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote. Billy Ray (Breach, Captain Phillips) and Gordon Gray (Secretariat, Million Dollar Arm) will produce with Ray also providing the screenplay. No director is currently attached at this point in time.
The original novel, first published in 1605, revolves around a lower-class aristocrat who, after reading too many books, starts to believe that he is a knight and sets off in search of adventure. This new adaptation is said to be aiming for a “tone that recalls the madcap and fantastical nature of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean movies.” Which is all quite ironic, considering that Johnny Depp was supposed to star in Terry Gilliam’s ill-fated first attempt, which eventually fell apart (as seen in the 2002 documentary Lost in La Mancha). Could this project put the final nail in the coffin for Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote?