Uh oh, is the bromance between Johnny Depp and Terry Gilliam fracturing? The pair, who teamed on “Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas” and “The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus” (with the actor stepping in along with Jude Law and Colin Farrell when Heath Ledger passed away during production) have famously been trying to mount “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” for years. The initial attempt was beset by all variety of disasters, chronicled in the documentary “Lost In La Mancha,” and it’s pretty much been Gilliam’s baby, a movie he’s been trying to get back on the horse with for years, but late last week Depp stole his thunder.
On Friday it was revealed that the actor has set up his own “Don Quixote” movie at Disney that he will produce, a modern “re-imagining” written by Steve Pink (“Hot Tub Time Machine“) and Jeff Morris (Black List script “True Memoirs Of An International Assassin“). Of course, the immediate question is whether Gilliam knew about it, and it appears he didn’t. HeyUGuys and RedCarpetNewsTV caught up with director at the British Independent Film Awards last night (winners right here) and when asked about the project, he simply said “We’re going have to sort this one out.” He added that the project “is [Depp’s] horse,” and separate from his own, however he’s sent him a letter about it to see what the deal is.
Of course, Depp can set up a “Don Quixote” project if he wants to, though it does seem a bit cold to do so without giving Gilliam a ring first even if only to give him a heads up. At any rate, Gilliam is busy at is, recently wrapping on “The Zero Theorem,” revealing June is his deadline to get it completed, adding that the movie feels like an autumn release. So festival circuit next fall? It sure seems that way.