Disney is planning a Don Quixote movie

Don Quixote

by James White |
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That sound you hear is a keening wail coming from wherever Terry Gilliam is currently located. Because though he's been trying to get a take on the Don Quixote story to screen for years, Disney has suddenly announced that it was make its own version, with Hunger Games writer Billy Ray attached.

Written by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra and first unleashed upon the world in 1605, the classic follows aristocrat Alanso Quixano, who is driven insane by too many fantasy novels and becomes convinced giants, dragons, knights and the rest of the usual tropes exist for real. He rechristens himself Don Quixote and recruits Sancho Panza as his squire, heading off to defeat evil, while really just tilting at windmills.

According to The Hollywood Reporter the film, which also has Gordon Gray aboard to produce, will take aim at a fantastical, Pirates Of The Caribbean-style flavour.

Gilliam, meanwhile, recently hit another financing snag on his own quest to make a different spin on the tale (that would be the long-in-the-works The Man Who Killed Don Quixote). But he remains unbowed: "It is not dead," he told Jonathan Ross in a Radio 2 interview. "I will be dead before the film is." Here's hoping he can get it up and marching again before Disney's version starts to swallow attention.

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