As Terry Gilliam continues to struggle to get his Don Quixote movie off the ground, Disney has started developing their own feature film based on the legendary character. The studio has hired The Hunger Games and Captain Phillips scribe Billy Ray to write the script.
According to THR, the plan is to transform the classic story written by Cervantes Saavedra into a wildly fun and fantastical film that's in the same style of the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Makes me wonder if they plan on casting Johnny Depp in the title role.
Don Quixote was published in 1605, and it tells the story told of a lower-class aristocrat named Alanso Quixano who, "after reading too many novels about chivalry, loses his sanity and comes to believe that knights, maidens and dragons really exist. Making a portly neighbor his squire, the man refashions himself a knight named Don Quixote and sets off on a quest for adventure. Innkeepers become lords, windmills become dragons and peasant girls become ladies-in-waiting to him as he and his servant find themselves in situations that are often comical, disastrous and violent."
There's no doubt in my mind that Disney is hoping that this will become another big franchise that they could capitalize on. It definitely has potential, and it could be a lot of fun if done right. I'm still more interested in Gilliam's version, and I hope he gets to release his film first.