Gilliam, Guerra Initiate Casting on Resurrected “Quixote” (EXCLUSIVE)

Terry Gilliam Don Quixote
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Pic skedded for early 2015 start

MADRID –In a move that is sure to prove a talking point at Cannes, Terry Gilliam and top Spanish producer Adrian Guerra are initiating casting on the resurrected “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.”

Gilliam will meet with actors later this week. Guerra and Gilliam aim to go into production early 2015, shooting in Spain’s Canary Islands, Guerra told Variety Sunday.

Adrian Guerra’s Nostromo Pictures will lead produce; Jeremy Thomas, who licensed the rights of “Man” to Guerra, will take an executive producer credit with Thomas’ London-based Recorded Picture Co. associate producing.

Film’s storyline is a rewrite of the totally contempo Robert Duvall/Ewan McGregor re-launch that Thomas and Gilliam battled to finance over 2008-10, turning on an commercials director who is confused with Sancho Panza by a deluded actor who played Don Quixote in a movie the exec once shot.

They failed to raise the financing. The key difference this time round, Guerra said, is the state of Spanish financing facilities which, through of combo of tax-break finance, subsidies and TV coin could see the production raise about half its financing out of Spain.

“The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” famously went into production in 2000 with Jean Rochefort as the delirious hidalgo and Johnny Depp as an advertising exec shuttling between the present and seventeenth century La Mancha where he is mistaken by Don Quixote for Sancho Panza. Plagued by military jets fly-bys and a flash flood, the shoot was closed down after Rochefort’s double-disc hernia forced him off set.

A celebrated 2002 documentary, “Lost in La Mancha,” chronicled this first attempt to make “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” helping to make the project more famous than 99% of films which do get made.

Adrian Guerra’s credits include Rodrigo Cortes’ “Buried” and “Red Lights” and “The Gunman,” with Sean Penn and Javier Bardem, which Nostromo co-produced.

The remaining half of production financing would come out of international. Even if the project is not be packaged in time for Cannes, the sheer romantic endeavor of Gilliam will be piquing interest there.

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  1. Me says:

    Ironically this book is a satire on people taking stupid worthless romance literature too seriously, while retired professors clearly take this stupid worthless book too seriously.

  2. Leonard Bloom says:

    As a retired professor of modern languages who often taught “El Quijote,” over the years, I am delighted to see another attempt at a 21-st century interpretation of a novel that so many writers and countless readers have claimed to be among the greatest narratives ever written, especially the second part of that ‘opus magnus.’ The so-called ‘Man of La mancha’ was not as ‘crazy’ as many people have interpreted him. The work is so vast and so open to interpretations of character, Spanish society at the end of the 16th century and beginning of the 17th century that Gilliam and his staff, actors, etc., will have to be real focused on what they want audiences to learn of Cervantes, his writing style and objectives. It is believed that Cervantes conceived the first part of the epic masterpiece while incarcerated for five years in a prison in Argel, Algeria. I could devote pages and pages on the topic.

  3. jhs39 says:

    This would be more exciting if Terry Gilliam’s recent movies hadn’t been so terrible.

    • dksp99 says:

      *cough* Hyperbole *cough*.

      • jhs39 says:

        You might want to look up the meaning of the word hyperbole. Here are the Rotten Tomato ratings for every one of Gilliam’s movies since Twelve Monkeys in chronological order: Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas 50%; The Brothers Grimm 38%; Tideland 29%; The Imaginarium of Parnassus 64% (which I think is extremely generous–for my money Imaginarium is Gilliam’s worst movie by a very wide margin) and The Zero Theorem 54%.

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