While we’re still waiting for Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (the movie's hit another snag as financing recently fell through), Disney has announced that they are working to bring their own version of the classic 17th-century Spanish novel to the big screen.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Billy Ray (The Hunger Games, Captain Phillips) has been tapped to pen the script about a man who goes a bit bonkers after reading too many chivalry novels (doesn't that happen to everyone?) and decides to revive the antiquated medieval concept of knighthood. Taking his neighbor Sancho Panza as his squire, Don Quixote embarks on a quest to save damsels in distress, right the wrongs and tilt at windmills, believing they are dragons.
Ray will not only write the screenplay, but he’ll also produce the movie adaptation that will recall the “madcap and fantastical nature of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean movies, which took a popular Disney theme park ride and married supernatural fantasy elements.” OK, so far, I'll bite. As long as it's more like the first Pirates movie (which was the best one of the bunch).
Considered to be one of the most influential works of literature of all time, Don Quixote was written by Miguel de Cervantes and published in two volumes: one in 1605 and the second in 1615.
Since it’s still early days, there’s no news as to who will helm or star in the movie yet. But if the movie is successful, I’m sure the House of Mouse will transform this into a whole new bazillion-dollar movie franchise.
What do you think about Disney adapting Don Quixote for the big screen? Is Billy Ray the right man for the job? Who would you like to see in the roles of Alonso Quixano, aka Don Quixote de la Mancha, and Sancho Panza?