Disney Finally Greenlights Long-Awaited Don Quixote Film

By Mary Cris Balancio, Posted: 10/18/16 06:23AM EDT
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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: Disney CEO Robert Iger visits FOX Business Network's 'Markets Now' at FOX Studios on September 24, 2013 in New York City.(Photo : Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Brace yourselves peeps! Disney is apparently releasing a Don Quixote movie and it is already in the works. The classic Spanish novel was written and first published in 1605 by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. It is fully titled as The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha.

The story revolves around a lower-class aristocrat Alonzo Quixano who went on a quest for adventure while reinventing himself as a knight. Up until now has been considered as one of the most influential works that led to the founding of the modern Western literature.

For some time now it has been known that attempts to make an onscreen adaptation of the said novel has been brought up several times already. However, up until now no one has succeeded on doing so.

Screen Rant reports that one of the earlier attempts which are still on-going up until last month is that of director Terry Gilliam. The production of his project started in 1998 but has since encountered several problems along the way. The most recent one was just earlier this month when funding for his Don Quixote adaptation, fell through. This has lead Gilliam to jokingly say that he might be dead before he finishes his film.

Meanwhile another adaptation was also announced in 2010. This time it will be by Warner Brothers in collaboration with producer Joel Silver. Then in 2012, Disney announced that they intended to make an adaptation of the Spanish novel. However, none of these announcements made it to actually making the said intended films.

But now it seems like Disney is now finally making a move towards their intended plans back in 2012. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the plan for the said movie is work on a tone that is similar to that of Disney's popular Pirates of the Caribbean movies. This means that the upcoming movie might also be having that fantastical supernatural, a bit whimsical feel to it.

The movie will be produced by Gordon Gray alongside The Hunger Games and Captain Phillips' Billy Ray. Ray is also reportedly responsible for the script. With that many plans in the past, we can only hope that this time Disney manages to push through, finish and show a Don Quixote movie. Hopefully, so far no target screen date has been planned so it might take a while.

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