Joel Silver is Developing a Blockbuster Version of Don Quixote
Uh oh, Terry Gilliam is going to be pissed. Pajiba reports that Joel Silver and Warner Bros are fast-tracking a new Don Quixote project as an upcoming tentpole movie. Word is that it's being described as a Pirates of Caribbean-style swashbuckling version of the story in which "we discover that Don Quixote isn't crazy and that there is, in fact, a fantasy world." Wait, what? Apparently the pitch is just now going out to writers, so it'll be a while before they craft it into a screenplay and actually get the ball rolling, but it sounds like Silver wants this soon. The Don Quixote story was originally written by Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century.
As we all know, Terry Gilliam has been working on re-creating his own infamous Don Quixote adaptation, now known as The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. In the original novel, a "retired country gentleman" in his fifties named Don Quixote de la Mancha decides to go on an adventure, aided by his squire Sancho Panza, and ends up in all kinds of fun along the way before returning home. I'm not that intimately familiar with the story so it's hard to say I'm excited for either version, but for now I'd rather see what Gilliam will come up with first. Hopefully he gets underway much sooner than this adaptation does. Stick around for updates!