Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Walt Disney Pictures are planning a Don Quixote movie

That sound you hear is a keening wail coming from wherever Terry Gilliam is currently located. Because although he has been trying to get a take on the Don Quixote story to screen for years, word comes via The Hollywood Reporter that Walt Disney Pictures are set to make their own version, with The Hunger Games (2012) writer Billy Ray attached.

Written by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra and first unleashed upon the world in 1605, the classic follows aristocrat Alanso Quixano, who is driven insane by too many fantasy novels and becomes convinced giants, dragons, knights and the rest of the usual tropes exist in the real world. He rechristens himself Don Quixote and recruits Sancho Panza as his squire, heading off to defeat evil, while really just tilting at windmills.

According to The Hollywood Reporter the film, which also has Gordon Gray (Invincible) aboard to produce, will take aim at a fantastical, Pirates Of The Caribbean style flavour.

Gilliam, meanwhile, recently hit another financing snag on The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, his own spin on the classic tale. But he remains unbowed: "It is not dead," he told Jonathan Ross in a Radio 2 interview. "I will be dead before the film is." Here is hoping he can get it up and marching again before Disney's version starts to swallow attention.

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