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!
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.
T. Azimuth Schwitters