The Curse Of Cervantes
Terry Gilliam’s films are like pizza and sex; even when they’re not great, they’re still damned good. The only film of his I’ve actively hated was the defiantly unwatchable ‘Tideland’, and his recent ‘The Imaginarium Of Dr Parnassus’ was a total joy.
Gilliam needs a good writer – he always produces his best work when yoked to a decent scribe. Now ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’, the disastrous, on-off film that almost starred the wonderful Jean Rochefort has collapsed yet again as the backers have pulled out. Last time, Gilliam at least rescued a documentary from the awful problems he faced (sometimes of his own making) but this time he has a more insurmountable problem.
Warner Brothers are planning to steal his thunder with a family-friendly spoiler version of the same story along the lines of ‘Prince Of Persia’. Let’s hope Gilliam’s film turns out to be half as good as the drama surrounding it.