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Gilliam Back To Work On Don Quixote
Exclusive: new script underway

16 January 2009  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  

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As Empire’s old man used to say, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” Evidently it was the kind of cheesy maxim bandied about in the Gilliam household too, because, fresh from wrapping Doctor Parnassus, Terry Gilliam has started work on a new script for The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, a reprise of his ill-fated 2000 production.

Now, as anyone who’s seen Lost In La Mancha will testify, Gilliam’s original attempt to film Cervantes’ novel spiralled into ‘the movie that didn’t want to get made’, with flash floods, injuries to key cast-members and the Spanish Air Force all intervening to end the shoot after just five days.

Much legal wrangling with the insurers ensued, before rights to the script were eventually ceded back to Gilliam and writing partner Tony Grisoni (Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas). “Tony and I have started rewriting Don Quixote just this last week. [We] finally got the script back. I re-read the greatest script ever written and realise we gotta get rewriting! I really wanna knock that one out in the next month or so.”

Gilliam was vaguer on details, saying only that he had “some very different ideas” for the movie, but he has not lost any of his enthusiasm for the lance-wielding Spaniard. “[I’m] starting to think I was lucky, because maybe the film will be better seven years later. It will have matured a bit longer.”

Shooting on The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is likely to begin later this year. Hopefully it won't end shortly afterwards with the on-set appearance of a locust plague and a 100-foot Marshmallow Man.


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100-foot Marshmallow Man
LOL XD Seriously - if anything goes wrong on this set then Terry is offically the unluckiest person ever - I wish him luck but If you see him on the tube - stand well back or you might get hit by a bus, probably the one out of Jumper while you are still underground.... More

Posted by Duane Barry at 22:15 on 29 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: "The greatest script ever written..."
good to hear More

Posted by horatio hornblower at 09:29 on 19 January 2009 | Report This Post

"The greatest script ever written..."
Confidence, man. It's called confidence. PS. Go for it, Terry. More

Posted by Mopictures at 21:40 on 18 January 2009 | Report This Post

They should cast Paul Whitehouse as Don Quixote
Seriously. More

Posted by Wrathschild at 18:40 on 17 January 2009 | Report This Post

What???
Rewrite the greatest script ever written??? Why the hell would you go and do that??? And what's up with the quotation, who is saying what??? More

Posted by Seannybo at 00:23 on 17 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Hey even if it doesn't work out again...
Do you think Johnny Depp will be recast? More

Posted by Workshed at 15:56 on 16 January 2009 | Report This Post

Hey even if it doesn't work out again...
...we'll have great documentary again, like Lost in La Mancha. I don't God likes Terry. It stopped Quixote from happening first time round, it made Tideland suck, and it killed Heath Ledger during the making of The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnasus first time round. More

Posted by Taz69 at 14:20 on 16 January 2009 | Report This Post


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