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Johnny Depp Sets Up Don Quixote Film at Disney, Sans Terry Gilliam

Written by on December 5, 2012 

So, did Johnny Depp contact Terry Gilliam beforehand?

I only ask that question because it feels so damn necessary. Those who follow the director’s headache-worthy business dealings know a lot about The Man who Killed Don Quixote — without reading a single page of the original text, oy — and we know the actor has some notable history with it. (Like, I don’t know, shooting part of the movie.) If you, like me, not only know all that but, also, held out some hope that Gilliam would make his movie one day, this news is a smidge troubling.

Deadline report that Depp and his main home, Disney, have started work on a project “best described as a modern re-imagining of Don Quixote”; Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink and Jeff Morris are to pen the screenplay. Their work might not be an exact replica of Miguel de Cervantes‘ tome, given the brief description, but the odds of a story that isn’t a heavy copy feels slimmer than slim. At least it’s unlikely to use the time-traveling conceit of Gilliam‘s movie, I suppose.

Or maybe this is Depp‘s way of getting his old friend on board once The Zero Theorem finishes production. It makes sense, really: The man can call shots, and bringing on a man he trusts could assuage Disney’s concern over whatever stigma Gilliam may have. That’s what I would like to happen, even something that I could see going down in a few months’ time. But I suspect Rob Marshall has another contract to sign.

How do you feel about Depp taking his own Don Quixote story to Disney, especially considering his past history with other productions?

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