Saturday, June 13, 2015

Terry Gilliam’s Real Life Holy Grail

With a mystique almost as great as anything Orson Welles ever worked on, Terry Gilliam has a seemingly cursed real holy grail of a film that now may finally get to be made. From Film Buzz/Uproxx:
One of the most widely-seen making-of documentaries ever made, 2002’s Lost in La Mancha documented Terry Gilliam’s cursed attempt at adapting Miguel Cervantes for his film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Gilliam became the perfect parallel for Don Quixote himself until eventually, beset by a wide variety of problems, the film was ultimately scrapped, resulting in a record $15 million insurance claim.
Just a few years later, Gilliam’s lead actor, Heath Ledger, would die halfway into Gilliam’s Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, proving that Terry Gilliam may be the unluckiest director who ever lived. Nonetheless, he’s still the guy who made Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Brazil, and Amazon was willing to tilt at his windmill, offering Gilliam a deal that will allow him to finally make The Man Who Killed Don Quixote — assuming he doesn’t get hit by lightning or his set invaded by newts or something.
The full story is here.


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