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Terry Gilliam Re-Starts THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE!!!

Beaks here...

Dear God, Please let Terry Gilliam finish his movie this time. I'm serious. Leave the man alone. This isn't funny anymore. Below is the official press release trumpeting Gilliam's return to the project that gave us the wonderful (if very hard to watch) documentary, LOST IN LA MANCHA. Gilliam is evidently trying to convince Johnny Depp to give the film another go as well. Reading the below plot summary, it sounds like Depp's character has gone from being a time-traveling ad exec to a filmmaker. Currently, Gilliam is aiming for a Spring 2010 start date. Good luck, sir.
GILLIAM BACK IN THE SADDLE WITH “DON QUIXOTE”
Director Terry Gilliam is set to bring his long-held dream of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote to the screen, producer Jeremy Thomas announced today. Gilliam, former Monty Python star and maverick director of Brazil, Twelve Monkeys and The Fisher King, has teamed with Thomas to bring his iconoclastic vision of Don Quixote to life. Screenwriter Tony Grisoni (Red Riding Trilogy, In This World, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) has worked with Gilliam to re-imagine the legendary adventures of the idealistic Spanish knight. The new film will revolve around a filmmaker who is charmed into Don Quixote’s eternal quest for his ladylove, becoming an unwitting Sancho Panza. This is the latest twist in one of the most remarkable stories in cinema history. The filming has been a saga as epic as Cervantes’ 17th-Century classic on which it is based. Nine years ago, the original shoot suffered a series of setbacks captured in the documentary Lost In La Mancha, which became a hit in its own right. Terry Gilliam averred: “DON QUIXOTE RIDES AGAIN.” Jeremy Thomas said: “I’m delighted to be working with friends again on this irresistible project.” Tony Grisoni added: “There's no escaping some pacts. Nearly ten years on I find myself lending a hand to get that crazed, giggling bedlamite back in the saddle. I'm talking about Don Quixote. In spite of God and the Devil, he shall ride again!” RPC’s CEO Peter Watson was in charge of the complicated task of reassembling the rights. “I’m thrilled we now have the ability to put this film into production.’ The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has been re-developed by Thomas’ Recorded Picture Company, and is scheduled for a Spring 2010 shoot. Gilliam’s latest film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus premieres in Cannes on Friday 22nd. Recorded Picture Company’s previous films include nine-time Academy Award winner The Last Emperor, Sexy Beast, Crash, Young Adam and The Dreamers. Recent films include the upcoming Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly-starrer Creation, written by John Collee and directed by Jon Amiel. HanWay Films is handling international sales. Upcoming titles include Scott Hicks’ The Boys Are Back starring Clive Owen, Gurinder Chadha’s comedy It’s A Wonderful Afterlife, Sam Taylor Wood’s Nowhere Boy about John Lennon’s teenage years, feelgood comedy We Want Sex starring Sally Hawkins, and thriller Harry Brown starring Michael Caine.

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  • May 14, 2009, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Neat

    by Rommel Catuncan

  • May 14, 2009, 1:51 p.m. CST

    greatest news ever!!!!

    by Gorgomel

    on last in la mancha, there was just a few seconds of footage and it already was just plain awesome!!!!

  • May 14, 2009, 1:52 p.m. CST

    If nothing else...

    by epitone

    ...we'll at least get a hell of a sequel to LOST IN LA MANCHA.

  • May 14, 2009, 1:52 p.m. CST

    God, I don't know if my nerves can take this after...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...LOST IN LA MANCHA.

  • May 14, 2009, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Good luck, Terry! You'll need it.

    by LoneGun

    Gulp.

  • May 14, 2009, 1:54 p.m. CST

    And I want to see this, but DON'T DO IT JOHNNY!...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...god will kill you...strike you right down like Ledger for meddling in HIS will.

  • May 14, 2009, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Oh, dear...

    by StarskyandHushky

    ....oh dear oh dear oh dear...Gilliam should pay someone to follow him around with a lightning rod. But please, let this one happen.

  • May 14, 2009, 1:58 p.m. CST

    So, will Depp be involved?

    by gavdiggity

    I always wanted to see Gilliam's vision of this story. Lost In La Mancha was fascinating...

  • May 14, 2009, 2 p.m. CST

    Wow

    by ltgalloway

    Never thought this would happen. I really hope they pull it off. What an awesome story that would be. It will be tough to be critical of anything they produce, given the history of the project. I'm worried that the actual film will be eclipsed in that context.

  • May 14, 2009, 2 p.m. CST

    I got GILLIAM's BACK YA'LL!

    by noncents

    Let's do this.

  • May 14, 2009, 2 p.m. CST

    Please no "Breasts Out For Attention Girl" on Sat!

    by NeilF

  • May 14, 2009, 2:03 p.m. CST

    NeilF

    by Sw0rdfish

    What have you got against one (okay...two) of the high points of my weekend?

  • May 14, 2009, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Good God!

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    The project that couldn't die! Hope he finishes it this time.

  • May 14, 2009, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Me likey!

    by Droid

    Best of luck, Gilliam.

  • May 14, 2009, 2:16 p.m. CST

    I guess Jean Rocherfort won't be back

    by Gorgomel

  • May 14, 2009, 2:18 p.m. CST

    COOL!

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    look good.Johnny depp-you sire, ar a "true" actor-and bravo for not becoming a sellout movie-star! Maybe the 100 million buck you got from pirates, helped(which you deserve)..but make this! and make it good(help gilliam get a decet budget)!!

  • May 14, 2009, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Depp will probably be too busy making Disney's

    by L. Ron Bumquist

    crappy cash cows.

  • May 14, 2009, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Depp...do it

    by donduck

    I hope he can do it.

  • May 14, 2009, 2:31 p.m. CST

    This is insane. Like Whedon going back to Fox.

    by chrth

    Oh.

  • May 14, 2009, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Awesome news...

    by DrBrianOblivion

    I hope he brings back the same jiggly titied guys to play the giants... especially unibrow.

  • May 14, 2009, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Terry Gilliam=Crocodile hunter...crocodile=god...

    by FlickaPoo

    ..."...just look at this big 'fella! 'es not angry yet!, but if I try to make THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE again and stick my finger up his bum I bet 'el be FUURIOUS!!! CRIKEY!!!...he ate me leg!! Gilliam is just taunting fate at this point...my kind of guy.

  • May 14, 2009, 2:47 p.m. CST

    What could possibly go wrong?

    by OGoncho

    Nobody dare to utter that question and he might just get through this,

  • May 14, 2009, 2:56 p.m. CST

    The trailer for The Road is finally up at Yahoo Movies

    by Squinty CGI Flynn

  • May 14, 2009, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Red Riding was fucking AWFUL

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    Tony Grisoni should never work again after working on that abomination.

  • May 14, 2009, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Remember the time when....

    by mashman1212

    ...that guy posted a Wolverine review but it wasn't really a review but he was all mad and stuff and tried to get other people mad and stuff but he didn't even see the movie? That was funny.

  • May 14, 2009, 3:21 p.m. CST

    What will happen this time? Depp will die?

    by ricarleite2

    Or a typhoon will kill the whole cast and crew?

  • May 14, 2009, 3:34 p.m. CST

    @chrth

    by epitone

    No, it's more like if Rihanna went back to Chris. Wait, what?

  • May 14, 2009, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Trailer for The Road is up on yahoo...

    by jones1899

    Nice. http://movies.yahoo.com /premieres/13468916/ standardformat/

  • May 14, 2009, 3:37 p.m. CST

    So we got a new old favorite project...

    by Chariowalda_Barbarossa

    Now here's something to really look forward to. Please god, if you read this, let Terry have it his way this time around. I want to see this movie. Nothing else matters. And Avatar can kiss my hairy little butt. <p>

  • May 14, 2009, 3:38 p.m. CST

    and after this, he will make Brazil 2 and 24 monkeys!

    by Gorgomel

  • May 14, 2009, 3:42 p.m. CST

    He doesn't need to convince Johnny Depp

    by Talkbacker with no name

    Anyone who has seen the making of documentary knows he will be there doing it in a flash. That is not something to worry about at all. Let's hope they just get the fucker made this time!

  • May 14, 2009, 4:03 p.m. CST

    don't let this become Lost In La Mancha 2

    by Gabba-UK

    PLEASE!!!!

  • May 14, 2009, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Heath Ledger sounds perfect for th...ooohh

    by Glory_Fades_ImMaxFischer

  • May 14, 2009, 4:06 p.m. CST

    If it's remade before it's made

    by Arteska

    is it still a reboot?

  • May 14, 2009, 4:16 p.m. CST

    The Road Trailer

    by ForkTongue

    It's on Yahoo.

  • May 14, 2009, 4:19 p.m. CST

    wait so is the road trailer on yahoo...

    by DrBrianOblivion

    ...

  • May 14, 2009, 4:25 p.m. CST

    "Just like Star Trek, we're rebooting Lost In La Mancha"

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    - some douchebag executive

  • May 14, 2009, 4:40 p.m. CST

    In other movie news...

    by Orbots Commander

    ...Scorsese is going to make a biopic about Ol' Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra. Was just watching CNBC and one of the anchors spoke about it. Come on AICN guys! You're being by a financial/stock ticker news channel! <br> <br> On a side note, a Scorsese-directed Sinatra is going to absolutely RULE. I wonder who'll play the title role.

  • May 14, 2009, 4:42 p.m. CST

    We need an Edit button...

    by Orbots Commander

    The line should read, 'You're being *scooped* by a financial/stock ticker news channel.'

  • May 14, 2009, 4:53 p.m. CST

    FUCKIN BEAUTIFUL!!!!

    by alice 13

    *crosses fingers* <p>oh man i hope this is legit.

  • May 14, 2009, 5 p.m. CST

    Jodorowsky - Depp

    by AuntieEm

    So does this mean no Johnny for The Sons of El Topo?

  • May 14, 2009, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Awesome

    by GeneralZod81

    Can't wait to see The Imaginarium.

  • May 14, 2009, 5:15 p.m. CST

    CHRISTOPHER LEE

    by ricardoflynn

    If he can still ride :)

  • May 14, 2009, 5:15 p.m. CST

    the road trailer is up

    by zom-bot.com

    and of course you guys have it last. ....and for somereason it won't let me repost it anywhere. what's up youtube?!

  • May 14, 2009, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Godspeed! Master Gilliam!

    by ericthebeef

    One of the best directors of our time adapting one of the best novels of our time. Lets hope this happens. This is art / a potential masterpiece, not a reboot of the Thundercats franchise or something pointless like that.

  • May 14, 2009, 5:23 p.m. CST

    I hope he gets to finish his fucking movie for once...

    by TheWaqman

    without any divine intervention.

  • May 14, 2009, 5:23 p.m. CST

    The Road trailer is up on Yahoo!!!!

    by TheWaqman

    For fuck's sake AICN. Post it up already. It's easily going to be the best movie this year (besides Avatar of course).

  • May 14, 2009, 5:27 p.m. CST

    weinstein f'd up THE ROAD trailer

    by zom-bot.com

    just like the article in esquire said- he tagged on environmental and riot footage that is not in the movie, and wraps it all up with explosions and a rising 'action flick' ending. dumb ass motherfucking billionaire asshole. he actually described the road as a 'zombie action flick'.

  • May 14, 2009, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Thankfully he didn't fuck up the movie....

    by TheWaqman

    and that's all that matters. John Hillcoat + Viggo Mortensen + adaptation of Cormac McCarthy + score by Nick Cave = bleak awesomeness

  • May 14, 2009, 5:33 p.m. CST

    RED RIDING 1 and 2 were great

    by palimpsest

    Part 3 wimped out a little (Grisoni's admitted in interviews he wanted an upbeat / hopeful ending). That said, the three films are an achievement, and are honest attempts at adapting David Peace's cycle of books.

  • May 14, 2009, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Orbots Commander

    by slone13

    They had the Scorsese/Sinatra article up last night. Not their fault you didn't see it.

  • May 14, 2009, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Recasting...

    by TheMightyMonarch

    Apparently Gilliam really wants Michael Palin to un-retire and play Quioxte. It would be perfect casting, no one plays delusional/ineffectual better than him.

  • May 14, 2009, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Yes!

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    Both Lee or Palin (Michael, not Sarah) would be genius. Actually, Sarah's so demented she could appear in a Terry Gilliam film, and to her it would make perfect sense.

  • May 14, 2009, 6:14 p.m. CST

    YES!!!!!!!!

    by Paul T. Ryan

    Here's hoping it all comes together this time.

  • May 14, 2009, 6:25 p.m. CST

    It'll get made this time...Depp is huge...

    by DanielKurland

    This is great for Gilliam, but the film not happening, and a documentary existing commenting on all of it, just works so well with Gilliam's character of just having incredibly bad luck.

  • May 14, 2009, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Just realized...

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    didn't "Lost in La Mancha" give away way too many spoilers for this? Or are they starting from scratch?

  • May 14, 2009, 6:59 p.m. CST

    He derserves to finish this

    by OutlawsDelejos

    like, really really deserves it.

  • May 14, 2009, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Wow

    by one_guy_from_andromeda

    First Beaks article EVER that didn't make me vomit. Can't wait for Parnassus, can't wait for this!

  • May 14, 2009, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Why does this site love Terry Gilliam so much?

    by Trazadone

    Seriously, the guy hasn't made a good film in 15 years or so. Fear and Loathing, Brother's Grimm, Tideland... 'nuff said.

  • May 14, 2009, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Nuff said

    by one_guy_from_andromeda

    Fear and Loathing is awesome. Brother's Grimm was ruined by the Weinsteins. Tideland is hard to watch, but there's no movie in the world like it, and for that accomplishment alone it deserves to be a prominent part of Gilliams work. No filmmaker is able to take you to the same kind of places Gilliam manages to. He's a true hero of cinema and i salute him! POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

  • May 14, 2009, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Sticktoitiveness

    by CherryValance

    is his middle name. I hope it works out for him.

  • May 14, 2009, 8:46 p.m. CST

    because Terry has made one of the TOP 10 movies of all time

    by future help

    Brazil

  • May 14, 2009, 9:33 p.m. CST

    JOHN CLEESE FOR DON QUIJOTE

    by Mullah Omar

    Or Michael Palin. <br> <br> Also, Gilliam has made more than enough good films to get an automatic look from most of us. Even his failures are interesting. <br> <br> Compare that to most filmmakers, who even if a film turns out exactly as they intended, usually fail to make a film as interesting as Gilliam. For my tastes, anyway.

  • May 14, 2009, 10:25 p.m. CST

    future help is exactly right. Brazil rules all.

    by bonecrushersmith

    I've wanted Gilliams Quixote since before Lost in La Mancha even came out. It's about fucking time (knock on wood)

  • May 14, 2009, 11:09 p.m. CST

    As long as it turns out NOTHING like Tideland...

    by pinkfloyd2000

    ...I'll be OK with this.

  • May 14, 2009, 11:41 p.m. CST

    If nothing else...

    by CatVutt

    We'll get another decent documentary out of the effort.

  • May 14, 2009, 11:42 p.m. CST

    And next time...

    by CatVutt

    I promise to actually read at least the first few posts of the Talkback. <p> Fuck me.

  • May 15, 2009, 12:11 a.m. CST

    I have come up with a Paradox that can get this made

    by bottombrick

    All Gilliam has to do this time is direct the "un-making of" his movie himself, and there is a 50 percent chance God smites his unmaking of Don Quixote instead, thus making Don Quixote. Hey, 50/50 is better than certain doom.

  • May 15, 2009, 12:34 a.m. CST

    Break a leg Mr. Gilliam

    by blakindigo

    All the best…

  • May 15, 2009, 12:34 a.m. CST

    Lost in La Mancha 2: On Thin Ice

    by bottombrick

    Principal photography will be on location in the arctic circle where they have scouted some 'steals' in locations for shooting and found some studio space inside giant melting igloos where due to the parabolic shape the tiniest noise echoes into a deafening roar, right next to a missile testing site that they have been assured only operates twice a month. The crew will be comprised of untrained eskimos who will work for whale meat which will cut down on costs tremendously. The old geezer they get to play Don Quixote will have oxygen tanks, a game of checkers going, and free pampers as perks so he won't leave during shooting to visit his doctor. Also, he will need full body tats ala memento to remember his lines due to his debilitating case of alzheimer's. Funding for the movie will be collected weekly from lottery ticket proceeds and earnings from investments buying up sub-prime loan debt.

  • May 15, 2009, 12:46 a.m. CST

    Lost in La Mancha 2: Don Sisyphus Rolls Again

    by bottombrick

  • May 15, 2009, 2:27 a.m. CST

    Sorry, but it aint April 1st!!!!

    by alucardvsdracula

    If this happens then consider me impressed.

  • May 15, 2009, 3:50 a.m. CST

    Russian roullete is safer than being in Gilliam's movies

    by Prossor

    ffs

  • May 15, 2009, 4:01 a.m. CST

    good luck terry

    by TheExterminator

    you'll need it u fruit loop

  • May 15, 2009, 4:20 a.m. CST

    time-travelling ad exec meets don quixote

    by Mr Gorilla

    cervantes is turning in his grave. but of course, no one here cares because gilliam is a visionary genius who far surpasses the likes of cervantes, right? wrong. gilliam has made some wonderful films, but this doesn't look to me like one of them. keep your hands off the masters, dude! remember the brothers grimm?

  • May 15, 2009, 5:29 a.m. CST

    Love Lost in La Mancha.

    by Knuckleduster

    But what are the chances of the final film being any good? I never liked the time-travel angle. Just give us a faithful Don Quixote movie.

  • May 15, 2009, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Gilliams a BEAST

    by Avatard

    and so was Tideland

  • May 15, 2009, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Son of El Topo?!?!

    by MSILENUS

    Is this actually going to get made this time? Or are you just fooling around? But if it is true will Marilyn Manson still be involved?

  • May 15, 2009, 9:33 a.m. CST

    go do your movie terry... meanwhile we hold god in chess

    by AdzonVonMelk

    terry terry terry.... we really wish, you would make this movie... even if the wrath of god will all destroy us. here are some advices, that you allready know, just to write them down: 1. don´t give a shit about hard rain or bad weather 2. never compromise! never. not to any fuckin studio- or production-manager, nor to heaven or hell 3. stay alive, and every single partizipant on that long anticipated project.4. forgive me my bad english... terry... may the force be with you, germany is.

  • May 15, 2009, 9:36 a.m. CST

    oh and by the way...

    by AdzonVonMelk

    TIDELAND was a GREAT movie, it was BRAVE to make it and it tells you more about YOURSELF, than most of the shit, that is produced today.

  • May 15, 2009, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Michael Palin should indeed be Don Quixote...

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    ...and he should still be driving the luggage truck from the airport scene in "A Fish Called Wanda". REVENGE-AH!

  • May 15, 2009, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Thank you Terry Gilliam and good luck!

    by photopunisher

    I remember when i was a child and i used to watch and had dreams about his movies... this guy is the true storyteller. If i ever have any children, his movies like Munchausen, Brazil and Bandits will be among the first that i'll show to them... Thank you for sharing with us your fantasy world!!!

  • May 15, 2009, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Sons of El Topo???

    by AuntieEm

    I heard it is moving forward. Depp as the heavy and Adrian Brody as a character called "Caine"... one can only hope this is the case.

  • May 16, 2009, 5:07 a.m. CST

    i hope johnny will not die in this?!

    by muri71

    but this is good news for terry, i hope all will end well!!!! maybe he should simply make a remake!;)

  • May 16, 2009, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Malluah Omar is right ! JOHN CLEESE FOR THE LEAD !!!!!

    by livingwater

    great news

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