This is one of my favorite and most beloved books I have ever read. The entire time reading, I continuously was telling myself how it was already perfectly cinematic as if every description was in letterbox. A simple yet fantastical story set in a classic period of America. I even dreamed of this being my first film project to ever produce after breaking in as a successful actor.
Therefore, as much as I love Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Time Bandits, The Fisher King and 12 Monkeys I cannot look past his recent movie plunders; The Brothers Grim, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and especially Tideland which if you watched it on DVD, Gilliam himself in a brief video foreword informed the viewer if you do not like his film that it only meant that you didn’t get it…rrright. The movie that followed was terrible.
I don’t want this story tinkered with by a loose cannon auteur that seems to have a blotted ego about his ideas more so than an actual well formed and precise vision for his storytelling.
I still dream of producing this movie one day yet understand that dreams don’t always come true-especially when you’re a nobody in the industry of entertainment and you don’t own the rights to the material.
I will not wish failure on Terry Gilliam in the ways of his The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Perhaps I am wrong and this venture will be his return to great storytelling however until he himself and his script prove me wrong I will doubt and dream of making this movie myself and getting a director such as Andrew Dominik to helm the magic that is Mr. Vertigo.