Poor Terry Gilliam.
As you know, the director of Twelve Monkeys, Brazil, and Time Bandits has spent the better part of the past two decades trying to get his ultimate passion project, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, off the ground. Time and again, the universe has conspired against the director, sending him inclimate weather, screaming jet-planes, shady investors, and (as documented in the must-see documentary Lost In La Mancha) a lead actor with a herniated disc. The struggle, as the kids say, is real.
Recently, Gilliam came very close to getting The Man Who Killed Don Quixote in front of cameras, only to have the entire thing brought to a screeching halt when someone's big-ass check bounced.
This was just the latest in a series of crushing blows suffered by Gilliam, and now it appears the universe has stepped up to rub a little salt in the wound. According to The Hollywood Reporter:
Disney is looking to go on a quest with Don Quixote.
The studio is developing an adaptation of the classic Spanish novel about a man who believes he is a knight, with Gordon Gray and Billy Ray producing. Ray, whose credits include The Hunger Games and Captain Phillips, is also writing the script.
Obviously, Disney's not making the same Don Quixote film that Gilliam planned to make (his version involved time travel and, at last we heard, something about a filmmaker returning to the doomed village where he shot his student film), but still: this is a Don Quixote movie that'll likely carry a $200M budget and all the eye-popping special effects Disney live-action films have become known for, and they're aiming to turn it into a big, fantasy adventure a la Pirates Of The Caribbean. Whatever happens with Gilliam's version, it's likely to be overshadowed by this one.
We should not blame Disney for this, however. We must blame ourselves, and our insatiable need for Don Quixote movies. We've been demanding one for years and years, and this is the result: feelings getting hurt, lines in the sand being drawn, a filmmaker's spirit crushed. Hope you're all happy with yourselves.