Thursday, 22 May 2014

John Hurt in talks for Terry Gilliam's Don Quixote

Earlier this year, Terry Gilliam (The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus) revealed that he had finally rounded up some fresh financing for his long cherished, once begun, dream/nightmare project The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. He also talked about a potential September start date and how he had to make some changes to reflect a much reduced budget. But it now appears he's still aiming high – in casting terms at least – reaching out to John Hurt (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) as a possible new star.

Talking at a Q&A session during the recent Derby Film Festival, Hurt revealed that Gilliam has at least asked him about the idea. He didn't elaborate on whether he was in negotiations for the role, but it's certainly a promising start – Hurt would surely be a great fit for Gilliam's surrealist universe, and certainly knows his way around the weirder corners of cinema.

Variety has also offered an update on the film's current progress, but in a somewhat dispiriting light, it appears that Terry has once again postponed the start of shooting to sometime in 2015. The trade magazine's story has the director and producer Adrian Guerra (Buried) kicking off casting on the film, so we can expect more announcements (potentially including Hurt) in the coming weeks and months.

There's also a chance that the pair will be hitting film festival markets to secure the remaining cash they need to get Quixote moving. We can but hope – if only for Gilliam's continued mental health...

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