Gilliam's Back in the Saddle!

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Fantastic new on the Gilliam front in today's Screendaily ...

Up first is word that Gilliam has signed on to direct Anything For Billy, a western based on Larry McMurtry's Billy the Kid novel of the same title and scripted by McMurty himself. And if you're not familiar with McMurty's name, you should be. The man co-scripted Brokeback Mountain and with that film poised to sweep the Oscars it says here that financing won't be hard to come by for whatever he does next.

And as exciting as new Gilliam is, Screendaily also updates the status of three Gilliam projects thought dead. They confirm the longstanding rumors that the man is in the process of reacquiring all rights to The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, so that will be coming somewhere down the line. Even bigger news is that Good Omens aint dead yet, and Gilliam has apparently even revived The Defective Detective, on which he'll apparently be collaborating with Dave McKean! Sweet!

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jungFebruary 9, 2006 3:34 PM

*four* new gilliam films on the way? revived projects w/ gaiman and mckean and (hopefully) depp? this is definitely my "holy shit" moment of the day. awesome news!

on another note, is there any word on when "tideland" is going to be released theatrically?

BrendonFebruary 9, 2006 4:44 PM

Oh happy day!

Todd BrownFebruary 9, 2006 6:12 PM

Last time I talked to the Canadian production people they said theatrical release for Tideland in May up here. I assume the same will be true in the US.

Kurt HalfyardFebruary 9, 2006 7:25 PM

Nice Slate of films; a wish list indeed! However, with Gilliam I don't generally count the chickens until they are hatched. One of the best horror-documentaries ever made is Lost In La Mancha, which details the stuff that either happens to Gilliam, or he brings on himself.

I'd be a happy, happy fellow if even 2 of the 4 projects make it to the screen.

Good luck in casting Depp though in the Quixote project, they'd have to pony up a small fortune for him, where he was probably reasonably price back in 1999-2000, pre-pirate movie.

Cr0wleyFebruary 9, 2006 11:32 PM

Man I just hope that Good Omens isn't only not dead but will finally get off the ground. And I could imagine that Depp wouldn't cost a small fortune, he would prolly do it for the same price as pre-potc, for Gilliams sake.

redfishDecember 14, 2006 8:19 PM

Gilliam is also working on a GorillaZ film, this has been confirmed