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Terry Gilliam Speaks... its better than Garbo!

Hey folks, Harry here... When it was announced that Terry Gilliam was setting out to make the BROTHERS GRIMM, I found myself delighted at the thought. I mean suddenly here we go with a new Gilliam project, that seems more likely to go forward than his more recent false starts. The idea that there is a solid project coming up for him, it just feels me with hope, because well... It's a chance to see a new Gilliam film, I just hope that nothing weird keeps this one from fruition. Here's what he said today in L.A. He sounds a bit hopeful!

"Making a film is essentially about two things: belief and momentum."                                                
Terry Gilliam


Tonight at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art there was a screening of Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe's excellent "Lost In La Mancha", which was followed by Elvis Mitchell (America's dullest interviewer) talking to the one, the only, Mr. Terry Gilliam!  While Mitchell spent WAY too much time re-hashing all the stories we all know re: Brazil, Munchausen, etc, there were some interesting tidbits about the present and future of the MAN.

First off, Gilliam says that he's hoping that in about a month he may have regained the rights to Quixote, which are now owned by the insurance company. 

In regards to "Good Omens" he said that two factors squelched this flick:

1. Pitching a armageddon comedy in Nov. of 2001 was a matter of bad timing and

2. the studios are interested in their own in-house projects and not in those projects brought in from the outside.

Which brings us to "Brothers Grimm", which Gilliam says IS one of the studio in-house projects, which means there's a better chance.  I didn't gather a real sense of excitement from him regarding BG.  He said that he's spending the next 8 weeks trying to figure out casting, budgeting, etc.  So, he says that's the timeframe on whether or not he'll do this one is 2 months.  Gilliam said that this one has the most momentum right now, so that's where he's hitched his wagon for the time being.

Also, he lamented the extinction of foreign money and said that if he has any hope of getting his Quixote story made then he's going to have to bow down to the Hollywood machine. 

Truly Yours,

T. Azimuth Schwitters

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  • Nov. 16, 2002, 5:27 a.m. CST

    Go for it, crazy Python.

    by Lenny Nero

  • "I will fight for your rights as a bull-headed monster, brother."

  • Nov. 16, 2002, 6:08 a.m. CST

    Talk about tilting at windmills...

    by Fred4sure

    If Terry would only play it the studio way long enough to get a few genuine hits under his belt he could make the visionary movies that he wants to.

  • Nov. 16, 2002, 6:12 a.m. CST

    Why doesn't Gilliam direct a Harry Potter film?

    by Orson W

    After all, he was JK Rowling's first choice as director - and he would make such a better job of it than the two mediocre efforts we've seen so far...

  • Nov. 16, 2002, 6:12 a.m. CST

    Feeling Harry with Hope

    by Kieran

    Who's Hope?

  • Nov. 16, 2002, 6:13 a.m. CST

    anyway i hope for Good Omens

    by Dryade

    I hope sooner or later he'll be able to do Good Omens. It's such a funny book, with funny lovely ideas, and the few things he said about how he wanted to translate it on the screen made me dream about it. He'd be perfect to display the utter genius of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman! I'm still waiting to see Johnny Depp as Crowley the Serpent and Robin Williams as the Angel Book Dealer!

  • Nov. 16, 2002, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Five tracks from TTT score available

    by virkku


  • Nov. 16, 2002, 6:42 a.m. CST

    So 'Good Omens' isn't being made...

    by brokentusk

    You know what really gets to me? I'll tell you (don't read if you don't care): it's when potential great films from a great director cannot be made because studios think that the public won't handle it after September 11th. It's been over a year. I've watched 'Armageddon' since then, I've watched 'Signs' since then, and I've watched countless other films that deal with terrorist attacks or the potential end of the world. I could handle it, you know why? Cause they're films - a form of entertainment - NOT reality. Sure, the horror of the day won't just disappear, but I'm not fixated on that day. 'Good Omens' is the furthest away from reality that one can get - if studios don't want it to be made because of Septemeber 11th, then they're underestimating the world - I want to see that film, now I have almost no chance. If there was a film about terrorist assholes blowing up tall skyscrapers with airplanes, THEN I could understand. Hiding away from ideas about the end of the world isn't "the correct" thing to do - come on, we're talking about films here...

  • Nov. 16, 2002, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Like Fred4Sure said: make a couple of studio films, then do the

    by Spam Gamgee

    That's the way to play the Hollywood game. And that's what the more talented American directors are doing (well, some of them, not all of them). Do a studio film, then do your own film. But maybe Terry Gilliam doesn't want to play that game. But it's probably the only way movies like "Good Omens" and "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" get made. Maybe he should direct a Harry Potter film if they asked him (Goblet of Fire?). If he was Rowling's choice as a director, it shouldn't be that much of a problem, considering her considerable influence on the productions.

  • Nov. 16, 2002, 9:43 a.m. CST

    why do I have this sudden urge...

    by RenoNevada2000

    To go blow my entire paycheck on lottery tickets trying to win multiple millions of dollars. I always wanted to invest in a film...

  • Nov. 16, 2002, 11:25 a.m. CST

    It's Gilliam, fer God's sakes!

    by Silvio Dante

    ShadowInc, I agree! It's not like he has to prove his capabilities to anyone. Artistic capabilities, that is. I keep forgetting, money makes the world go 'round. Hopefully he'll do something (yes, without compromises), the number of "lost" Gilliam-films is high enough.

  • Nov. 16, 2002, 11:56 a.m. CST

    The Most Visionary Director of our Time

    by Starbuck1975

    I have always enjoyed Gilliam's work, mostly for the genius of his films, and the diversity of the projects he has tackled. When I heard LOTR was being made, I secretely hoped Gilliam would be involved. He brings an otherworldiness to his films, although Peter Jackson certainly works with the same bizarre palette that makes Gilliam films so unique. I hope Gilliam gets to make an epic tale worthy of his vision and talent. I would love to see him collaborate with the python crew one last time. Jones, Idle, Palin, and Cleese have all left their marks on some of Gillian's films as brilliant writers, actors, and visionaries in their own rights.

  • Nov. 16, 2002, 11:57 a.m. CST

    wait, he already made those studio flicks!

    by 11811

    Both The Fisher King and 12 Monkeys were essentially director-for-hire jobbers, and both were pretty profitable. The successes of those two, unfortunately, were squandered on the brilliant-but-reviled Fear and Loathing. I don't know if Gilliam will ever be able to reestablish his credibility with the studios. His career, though littered with consistently amazing films, is one of the great tragedies of filmmaking.

  • Nov. 16, 2002, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Well yeah Terry Gilliam should direct a Harry Potter film but yo

    by IAmLegolas

    Warner Bros. holds the rights to the franchise, and if you think for one second they are going to give one of the Potter movies to someone who won't play there game... well, let's just say Brett Ratner's got more of a chance than Terry. *** I was at LACMA, too, last night, good documentary and it was interesting to listen to Terry speak, although most of the info was redundant. Crazy how 1/3 of the seats were reserved (for journalists? industry types? friends on the guest list? etc.) made me feel lucky that I managed to get a ticket to get in ... and even more lucky cuz when I come back on Dec. 14 for when Howard Shore rolls into town, bringing "The Lord Of The Rings : The Two Towers" with him, showing it 4 days earlier than the rest of the world. Joy!

  • Nov. 16, 2002, 12:49 p.m. CST

    12 monkeys could have been a work of unparalleled genius

    by FafTheHappyPie

    if the monkeys were wearing space suits.

  • Nov. 16, 2002, 12:49 p.m. CST

    RED DRAGON will top out at $95 million, the lowest grossing Hann

    by Spacesheik

    I don't think Brett Rattner exactly hit a home run with that. Look at films like THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN or THE FISHER KING or BRAZIL. Look at the sheer scale, scope, absurdity and adventure of MUNCHAUSEN. What a film.

  • Nov. 16, 2002, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Interesting, unique guy.

    by KingKarll

    This could work-he is about the only director I would wanna see trying Grimm. Not even Tim Burton or Petey Jax, thank you. Gilliam has that Time Bandits/Python cred that you just know will work if given the $ and some direction. Now-casting...

  • Nov. 16, 2002, 1:20 p.m. CST

    The Brothers Grimm should be Gary Oldman and Steve Buscemi

    by IAmLegolas

    If not Gary, then John Turturro... but definitely Steve.

  • Nov. 16, 2002, 2:14 p.m. CST

    This has nothing to do with this...

    by Pageiv

    I bought Spider Man and I keep all the Proof of Purchases from the DVD I get, but my Black Hawk Down one is unmarked, I have it narrowed down to about 5 posibilities. Does anyone know the Prook of Purchase number, or the color of it so I can get my free DVD?

  • Nov. 16, 2002, 2:18 p.m. CST

    it's been done

    by drudgejr

    the true accurate type of brother's grimm stories have been done, people. i love gilliam, he's my favorite director outside the cohen brothers and scorsese, but this film probably won't work unless he does some sort of "Titus" modernization, which as we all can guess will be great. although, in my humble opinion i'd much rather see him do something else - the armageddon thing sounds great. although i could be wrong - i mean the 12 monkeys with bruce willis and animals taking over seems like tough thing for gilliam to pull off without making something like jumanji, but he did it and brilliantly.

  • Nov. 16, 2002, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Thanks virkku

    by SamWave

    I love the Viking theme for Rohan.

  • Nov. 16, 2002, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Wrong! The Brothers Grim should be Christain Bale and Matthew M

    by JAGUART

    or Hugh Jackman and Eric Bana, or Ian McKellen and Christopher Lee. And Paul Verhoeven should direct. Soundtrack by Tool.

  • Nov. 16, 2002, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Compared to Lynch, Cronenberg or Greenaway, Gilliam is downright

    by Son Of Batboy

    I'm a fan of his movies but the struggle he has in getting them made is most likely a product of his own ego and plain bad luck rather than the subject matter. His movies might be ambitious expensive fantasies but they're not avant-garde. Cultivating that eccentric madman persona doesn't inspire confidence with the people risking millions in a project.

  • Nov. 16, 2002, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Broken tusk (or whatever)

    by SilentType

    Youve watch Armageddon recently?

  • Nov. 17, 2002, 2:03 a.m. CST

    why Good Omens can't be made...

    by Lyunardo

    cuz Kevin Smith already released the ultimate Armagedon movie. Who wants to sit through two hours of dry English humor when we can have masturbation jokes, and a rubber shit suit. What could Mr Gilliam possibly bring to the table that would top Alanis Morrisette's life affirming performance? And lest you forget... there was almost a full 20 seconds of a really beatiful actress almost a little bit naked! What more could you want!!! I ASK YOU!!!

  • Nov. 17, 2002, 4:14 a.m. CST

    Good Omens

    by Merkin Muffley

  • Nov. 17, 2002, 4:18 a.m. CST

    Good Omens

    by Merkin Muffley

    I am a HUGE fan of Gilliam and hope he finds a way to continue to make films of epic scope in a manner that doesn't offend his artistic sensibilities. However (there's always a however) maybe he should try to pull something in on a super low budget. He started out making quality films for less than nothing - maybe that's what he should return to for the time being. Try something cheap, see how it goes. Storytelling is storytelling. If he doesn't want to be beholden to H'wood, there ARE other ways to make a film. P.S. Good Omens is a great book. But the film version would have to be so different from the text, it begs the question "Why?"

  • Nov. 17, 2002, 9:48 p.m. CST


    by Bruce Paltrow

    I'd like to appear in this flick. Seems rather interesting actually: i can see the BROTHERS GRIMM being shot in a THEATRE OF CRUELY style. But i'd like to appear as some sort of.. how would i put it? UNDEAD DENIZEN? Could I ... ahem... appear as a zombie? Please consider my request carefully. Bruce

  • Nov. 19, 2002, 12:28 p.m. CST

    fuck warner brothers

    by boohallsmalls

    we need a revolutionary, an artistic leader who can lead us to the destruction of the souless studio film mentality. Why is it these people think you cant make a good film that makes money too? I mean as far as Harry POtter goes...both the first a second movie could have been significantly better than they were. what? do these morons think that kid's aren't going to go and see a Harry potter movie because the director is someone of artistic integrity (yeah that was meant for you columbus!) Kid's dont give a fuck! its Harry POtter, they're gonna go see it no matter what. Making a movie a great artistic achievement is going to draw people to the theater not drive them away. That said, if Gilliam doesn't at the very least get approached by WB for a harry potter film (preferably sooner than later) may all the powers that be in hollywood burn in hell!