Gilliam back in the saddle with Don Quixote
by Annika Pham
Veteran producer Jeremy Thomas announced yesterday in Cannes that Terry Gilliam’s long-held dream project The Man Who Killed Don Quixote will come to life, penned by award-winning scriptwriter Tony Grisoni (In This World).
Grisoni’s script will revolve around a filmmaker who is charmed into Don Quixote’s eternal quest for his lady love, becoming an unwitting Sancho Pancha. The original shoot of Gilliam’s project had to be stopped because of French actor Jean Rochefort’s illness and the project’s setbacks were captured in the documentary Lost in La Mancha.
Re-developed by Thomas’ production outfit Recorded Picture Company, which struggled to reassemble the rights for the project, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is now scheduled for a spring 2010 shoot. HanWay Films is handling world sales. Gilliam’s latest film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus [+see also:
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Hanway Films announced another high profile project in Cannes: a new version of Emily Bronte’s classic novel Wuthering Heights, to be made by the team behind The Girl with a Pearl Earring [+see also:
film profile], director Peter Webber and scriptwriter Olivia Hetreed. The film will be produced by Ecosse Films. In the lead roles as Cathy and Heathcliff are Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace [+see also:
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Other titles discussed in Cannes by Hanway’s CEO Tim Haslam and his sales team include Scott Hicks’ The Boys Are Back, starring Clive Owen; Gurinder Chadha’s comedy It’s A Wonderful Afterlife; Sam Taylor Wood’s Nowhere Boy, about John Lennon’s teenage years; and the thriller Harry Brown, featuring Michael Caine.
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