For once, things were looking up for Terry Gilliam. His last movie “The Zero Theorem” received better notices on the whole than some of his previous pictures, and after years of seemingly fruitless questing, Amazon stepped up to finance his longtime passion project “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” and potentially other projects, including a miniseries version of his old script “The Defective Detective.”
And then he had to go and die! For about ten minutes. If you read Variety anyway: the trade accidentally published an obituary for the american Monty Python animator and filmmaking great yesterday, sparking a brief spout of Twitter panic and then a million jokes about dead parrots. Gilliam responded in typically hilarious fashion on his Facebook page, saying “I APOLOGIZE FOR BEING DEAD, especially to those who have already bought tickets to the upcoming talks, but Variety has announced my demise. Don’t believe their retraction and apology!”
Fortunately, Gilliam is alive and well, and with perfect timing has debuted a trailer for his ‘Pre-Posthumous Memoir’ “Gilliamesque,” a comprehensive look back at his life and career, which Canongate are publishing on October 1st. The brief glimpses of the book make it look like a must-read: you can watch the trailer below, pick it up from stores in just a few weeks, and fingers crossed we get some further momentum on “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” very soon.