Terry Gilliam’s Don Quixote Project Greenlit By Amazon

We do not generally publish news items here in the third row, and this is not even fully confirmed news, and this isn’t even the first time for this news. But screw it. Amazon Streaming is funding Terry Gilliam’s often aborted The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (see: Lost in La Mancha for the well documented cluster-fuck of the project) a pseudo-adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes famous novel.

According to an interview with the director at indiewire, Amazon is funding the film to get a brief theatrical run before becoming a streaming-only Amazon Prime product. He has even tapped John Hurt to star as the famous man of chivalry who tilts at windmills for a 2016 shoot.

Time will tell if this actually happens, but god, we hope it does.

Terry Gilliam Has A Death Wish

Terry GilliamThis man deserves serious props. Many other filmmakers would have given up if they had suffered through as many disastrous situations as Terry Gilliam has but he simply doesn’t give up.

Everyone remembers the spectacular disaster that was The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. That particular spectacle was captured on film in Lost in La Mancha and it was quite the tragic series of events that killed that production but Gilliam is so set on making a film about Quixote that he still hasn’t given up and according to CHUD, he’s moving full steam on attempt number two.

Though it’s nice to see someone want something so badly they’ll continue to pursue it, I’m worried that this movie is going to kill Gilliam. I’m actually surprised that making films hasn’t killed the guy yet. It seems that each of his productions comes with its own set of nightmares but he’s still forging ahead.

Also looks like Gilliam is hoping to get this show on the road sooner rather than later with hopes to get Johnny Depp in the saddle again to reprise his near-role.

I wish Gilliam all the best but I’ve got a bad feeling about this.

Terry Gilliam is Chasing Windmills (again)

gilliam_quixoteIf ever two things were a heavenly match, it is Terry Gilliam and Don Quixote. They are kindred spirits in many was inso far a real person can have things in common with a literary creation. A decade ago, external forces, bad luck, and poor planning crashed and burned Gilliam’s attempt to make a modern/time-travel riff on Don Quixote (but yielded a very fine and interesting documentary Lost in La Mancha). The original (perfect) casting choice of Jean Rochefort is probably not a possibility at this point (He is 79 and had trouble riding a horse in even back in 2000 due to one ailment or another), although granted Rochefort was fabulous in a small role 2006’s Tell No One, so the guy is still working and Johnny Depp is not as edgy as he was 10 years ago (although bringing ‘Jack Sparrow’ back on board would probably make the financing easier), there are loads of possibilities with a second kick at Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra’s masterwork. Gilliam has currently re-acquired the rights and is reworking the old script with a fresh perspective. Let it never be said that his isn’t persistent, even if he often shoots himself in the foot (Sound familiar? Maybe Gilliam should cast himself in the lead.). Fingers crossed that this finally goes into production and makes it through the process this time. (And for that matter that Gilliam can salvage something out of his current project, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, which was complicated by the untimely death of Heath Ledger.

The Crüe’s Newest Member

File this one in the rumor folder, but word has it Johnny Depp might take on the role of Tommy Lee in Mötley Crüe’s biopic movie based off their hot selling auto-biography, “The Dirt.”

With all of the rigamaroll that’s been going on with getting that film into production, I think it’s unlikely Depp has signed on for this one. The news comes from a quote from Tommy Lee who simply said he thinks Depp would be perfect for the roll and that he’s “the best actor ever.”

Tommy Lee and Johnny Depp

On top of that, Depp has Alice in Wonderland on his mind and rumors of Gilliam trying to give Don Quixote another try, he’ll probably be busy for a while. And let’s be honest, with Tommy Lee (not the most responsible guy in the world) in charge of getting the film together, I’d say this is a huge shot in the dark.

Still, I love The Crüe and thought the book was pretty entertaining – one of the better band bios I’ve read (and I’ve read quite a few). And Depp would probably be a good fit to play the part. I just can’t believe the production will be big enough (if it ever happens at all) to warrant or attract an A-list star like Johnny. We shall see though.