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Modern day Don Quixote to be produced by Johnny Depp

Posted on December 5, 2012 at 12:10 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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Johnny Depp has been trying to get a Don Quixote film made for over 10 years. Depp was originally slated to star in an adaptation of the Miguel de Cervantes novel for director Terry Gilliam in 2000, but production on the film was stopped after the film was plagued with one disaster after another (as documented in the film Lost in La Mancha). Gilliam has been trying to get the passion project off the ground ever since, but Deadline now reports that Disney has bought a pitch for an untitled modern re-imagining of Don Quixote to be produced by Depp through his Infinitum Nihil banner. Steve Pink (High Fidelity) and Jeff Morris have been set to write the screenplay.

No word on whether Depp might star in the project, but given his history with Disney on the Pirates of the Caribbean films and the upcoming The Lone Ranger, I would think its only a matter of time. Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes’ seminal 1605 novel centers on a hidalgo who sets out to revive chivalry after reading a number of chivalric novels.

Sounds interesting. I’m curious how to re-imagine it in modern times. There’s plenty of windmills on miniature golf courses though.

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    • I highly recommend "Lost in La Mancha." It's an incredibly detailed account of the failed Terry Gilliam project, and you really get a feel for how much could possibly go wrong while shooting a big budget period piece. Fascinating and sad. I believe it's still streaming on netflix.

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