I am starting to think that Terry Gilliam's Don Quixote project may end up being his Lost City of Z. His idea is grand and sounds like something that we movie fans will enjoy. Unfortunately, it is going to be a miracle.
If you didn't know, TG had originally tried to make a Don Quixote with Johnny Depp in the lead role. That failed miserably. Now, he has a chance to do it again. This time starring Ewan McGregor and Robert Duvall. The script sounds like it will make a decent film. With great actors in place and solid script in place, what could be the problem? Money!
In an interview with MTV Gilliam said that they are experiancing "a financial hiccup ". He also said:
It's all still happening, but we moved forward and then stepped back a bit. Originally I thought we would be in pre-production by now.
The sad thing is you get used to this," he laments. "It's a kind of numbing experience, and to be numb is not the best thing to be creative. You gear yourself up for a certain level of work, and then suddenly the energy has nowhere to go. At the moment out there, if you're not spending a couple hundred million dollars in Hollywood, it's pretty rough. It's hard to predict anything. Everyone's having problems. I'm not different from anybody else.
We hear about money problems all the time. Yet it seems that the crappiest of movies are getting made while films that have great promise are not getting the funding that they need. I don't understand why that is. Until we get to say what is funded and what isn't, we will just have to enjoy what we do get.
Until next time, let us know what you think.