Dreams News Bulletin: October 2000
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Terry Gilliam began directing the location photography for The Man Who Killed Don Quixote in Spain on Monday 25 September 2000. It has been three years since Gilliam finished shooting his last film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and the extended time between shoots reflects the amount of frustrating time Gilliam spent raising funds to start this new project.
Speaking to Dreams this summer, Gilliam said that the script for Quixote, written by himself with Tony Grisoni, follows the story of advertising executive Toby Grosini, "It's about an American advertising executive working for a British company in London and making commercials. One of the commercials he’s making is using the characters Quixote and Sancho. They’re making it in Spain and he somehow stumbles into part of Spain, he gets his tender little brain a bit confused and somehow he finds himself in the seventeenth century. And it goes back and forth between the two worlds.” …like Gilliam’s films Brazil and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, there are many autobiographical elements in the film.
An eclectic cast of talented actors has been assembled. Joining the shoot are Johnny Depp as Toby Grosini, Jean Rochefort as Don Quixote, Vanessa Paradis, Rossy de Palma, Peter Vaughan, Bill Peterson, Miranda Richardson, and Christopher Eccleston. Of the cast both Johnny Depp and Peter Vaughan have worked with Gilliam before. Depp impressed him during the making of Fear and Loathing, and Vaughan starred in both Time Bandits (as Mr Ogre) and Brazil (as Mr Helpmann).
The talent behind the scenes includes the following crew: Nicola Pecorini is Director of Photography, Phil Paterson is First Assistant Director, and the Spanish producer is José Luis Escolar, who worked on Munchausen. Gabriella Pescucci is costume designer, Benjamín Fernández is production designer, and Christine Blundell is make-up designer.
Unconfirmed reports have mentioned that there was some shooting activity in London lasting a few days earlier in September. Apparently this was to film several studio-based adverts that feature within the film. Shooting in Spain is to be complete by Christmas, and with post-production and marketing activity to complete, we should expect the film to be in the cinemas towards the end of 2001.
Other Dreams pages contain the Quixote preproduction interview and further Quixote background
2. Gilliam confirms Good Omens is to follow Quixote
At the end of August, IGN Filmforce spoke to Gilliam - he declared that a deal has been signed for him to develop a script for Good Omens, which he is scheduled now to direct after Quixote is finished. "A British company, Renaissance Films, are handing over some money to us to write it and hopefully make it after this one," Gilliam told FilmForce's Kenneth Plume on 25 August. For more information, click on the FilmForce website.
The back of the book Good Omens, written by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, describes the plot thus: "According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter - the world's only totally reliable guide to the future - the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just after tea..."
In December 1999, it had been announced that Gilliam was to adapt Good Omens with Grisoni, however by the end of January 2000, Gilliam and Grisoni had stopped working on the script in the absence of a deal had decided not to proceed at this stage on script development.
3. Gilliam honoured at Sitges Film Festival
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Phil Stubbs, Edinburgh. October 2000.