It appears that someone may beat Terry Gilliam in the race to produce a modern re-imagining of Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote. He, as you may know, has been attempting to make such a film for approximately twelve years now. The perils and delays his first production faced were chronicled in the highly regarded 2009 documentary, Lost in La Mancha.
Deadline New York revealed yesterday that Disney has bought a pitch from Steve Pink (High Fidelity, Grosse Point Blank) and Jeff Morris (The True Memoirs of an International Assassin) about a modernized Don Quixote. Their film will be produced by Johnny Depp, who at one time was cast as Quixote in Gilliam’s film, and his sister Christi Dembrowski through their Infinitum Nihil production company. Post-announcement some individuals jumped to the conclusion that this would be a starring vehicle for Depp; at this time, however, no actors are attached to the film.
Other than it being “modern,” nothing else is known about Pink and Morris’ take on the material. Hopefully it will be a little classier than some of Pink’s last directorial effort, Hot Tub Time Machine. He didn’t write that one, though, so we may be OK.
Does this Don Quixote film mean Gilliam’s will never materialize? I’m hoping that’s not the case. Pink and Morris’ film will likely be fine, but it will undoubtedly be less imaginative than Gilliam’s had the potential to be.