Another title that makes the list is Don Quixote, or perhaps The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, as the project may ultimately be titled. A sort of passion project (or at this point perhaps a nuisance project) of Terry Gilliam's, this film has been in the works for roughly 20 years — so long that there's actually been a documentary produced about what went wrong with the initial production process!
But some reports from the past few months indicate that Gilliam's Don Quixote film might finally be getting off the ground. Let's take a look at the current climate surrounding the adaptation...
Yes, A Producer (And Cast) Are On Board
Does Anyone Care About Don Quixote?
And while we're comparing Don Quixote to Marvel heroes in modern pop culture, it's also worth noting that the moviegoing public has shown some interest in buffoonish heroes. Just look at the Deadpool film that came out earlier this year, or Tom Holland's take on Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War. Flawed, clownish heroes are "in" at the moment, and to some extent that's just what Don Quixote is. He's a surprisingly good fit for modern cinematic appetites.
Is There Even A Budget For This?
Consider that the last "big budget" film Gilliam directed, The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus had a reported $30 million budget — and most would agree that it came out a little bit clumsy. There were extenuating circumstances that time, as the cast and producers decided to finish the film after Heath Ledger's tragic death midway through filming, so naturally some incoherence can be forgiven. Still, by comparison a Don Quixote film with less than $20 million to play with sounds awfully ambitious.