Terry Gilliam’s Don Quixote movie, the production history of which could itself best be described as the very definition of the word “quixotic,” has officially begun production this week. The film has been in the works since its ill-fated first attempt in 2000, and Gilliam has been hard at work trying to make it happen ever since.
After 17 years spent milling around development hell, Terry Gilliam’s adaptation of Don Quixote ranks among the greatest films never made. The celebrated director of such wild-eyed satires as Brazil and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas took on a mad mission of his own in tackling the legendary picaresque novel from Miguel Cervantes, landing Johnny Depp and Jean Rochefort to star in the tale of a deluded knight pursuing farcical missions around the Spanish countryside while providing subtle critiques of class and religion. The 2002 documentary Lost in La Mancha chronicles Gilliam’s long and arduous road to realizing this vision, which included everything from flash floods to technical hassles to a serious illness from Rochefort that would ultimately table the entire production and result in a $15 million insurance claim.
Director Terry Gilliam may have an army of passionate admirers and fans, but that sure hasn't translated into continuous success. Although the filmmaker behind classics like 'Brazil' and 'Time Bandits' tends to find his projects followed by bad luck and misfortune, his frequent attempts to bring Miguel de Cervantes’ 'Don Quixote' to the screen have been the stuff of legend -- no matter what he does, the project implodes before his very eyes. However, Gilliam is now prepping his seventh (!) version of the film and he's found a leading man in Jack O'Connell.
Terry Gilliam returns with his follow-up to 2009's 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus' with the equally divisive 'The Zero Theorem.' Christoph Waltz plays Qohen Leth, a computer and math whiz who is tasked by his enigmatic boss (Matt Damon, doing his best Karl Lagerfeld impression) to solve the impossible zero theorem -- a nihilistic mathematical equation that would effectively prove that the world means nothing. Along the way, Qohen finds plenty of meaning, though Gilliam practically bludgeons his audience to get there.
A few weeks ago we heard the surprising possibility that Terry Gilliam-Bruce Willis-Brad Pitt sci-fi classic '12 Monkeys' had been eyed for a potential TV series adaptation on Syfy, and it seems that reality has officially come to pass. Syfy has officially greenlit a pilot for the '12 Monkeys' TV series, said to follow the 'Battlestar Galactica' model of development, but will the series follow the same plot as the movie?
Syfy has been building some major buzz with its most recent genre series, including the breakout hit 'Defiance' and buzzworthy and upcoming Ron Moore project 'Helix,' but the latest venture could be the most high-profile yet. Sources say '12 Monkeys' may soon end up as an ongoing TV series, sans Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt or Terry Gilliam, but with a major connection to the movie, regardless.
Terry Gilliam's next film will be an existential science fiction film, which sounds about right for the visionary director. What sounds even better than that is the announcement that Christoph Waltz will take the lead in Gilliam's upcoming 'Zero Theorem.'