People may try to tell you that Terry Gilliam‘s career as a director has been cursed because of the many wonderful projects that seem to break up around him before they make it to the big screen. I’ll tell you that those magnificent failures (The Man Who Killed Don Quixote) are a big part of the cauldron of creativity that makes those films that do make it to the big screen (Brazil, Time Bandits) so different and memorable. Gilliam recently did a sit down Online Q&A sponsored by The Guardian where he casually dropped a possible life changing bomb on Time Bandit fans.
For those of you on the phone, here’s the transcript of the question and answer:
With all the difficulties surrounding the film industry – tax breaks, remakes, super hero monopolies and general lack of imagination –, are you looking to TV or any of the online content providers as potential outlets for your brand of film making?
We are involved in two possibilities — one, a TV series based on Time Bandits, another based on a script by Richard LaGravanese and I wrote after Fisher King, called The Defective Detective. We’re currently adapting a two-hour film into a six-hour series. It’s about a middle-aged New York cop who was once a hero who has grown fat and cynical and is in the middle of a breakdown, ending up in a child’s fantasy world where the rules of the mean streets of New York no longer apply. The best way to kill a dragon is no longer a gun, but a tree branch you think is a sword.
Wait a minute… you don’t just drop a Time Bandits nugget like that and then go on to another subject. Curse that written questions format!!! Oh the follow-up questions fans would have asked if given the opportunity. You can be sure that someone will be asking those questions the next time Gilliam pops his head out.
Gilliam recently signed a deal with Amazon, could a Time Bandits television series be part of that creative deal? That deal is going to finally bring the long-awaited and much suffered The Man Who Killed Don Quixote to the big screen. When looking back at the press that came out with the announcement of that deal, The Defective Detective was also in the mix. It is interesting that Gilliam mentions Time Bandits along with The Defective Detective, perhaps there is a connection and that connection is Amazon who is looking for original content to stream.
Via: The Guardian