Well this is an interesting story. Around six years ago, it was announced that Joel Silver, the producer as such films as Sherlock Holmes, would be working with Warner Bros. to bring another adaptation of Don Quixote to the big screen. In the original story, it was stated that they’d be aiming to give it the same tone and style as the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
A couple years later, it was announced that Disney would be following in Warner Bros.’ footsteps, developing their own Don Quixote film, with actor Johnny Depp attached to produce. This one would be a modern re-imagining of the classic story, but it never came to fruition.
Now THR is reporting that Disney is continuing on with the project…except not really. Yes, they are hard at work on an adaptation of the Miguel Cervantes novel. No, it will not be the same project as the Johnny Depp once announced in 2004. Instead, this one be adapted by Billy Ray, who is most notable for his work on The Hunger Games and Captain Phillips.
One of the more interesting bits of information, however, comes from THR’s sources who claim that “the plan is to adapt the work in a tone the recalls the madcap and fantastical nature of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean movies.” This is especially funny since that’s exactly what Warner Bros. was supposedly going for with their in-development film back in 2010.
THR also had the following to say about the source material:
“Written by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra and first published in 1605, the story told of a lower-class aristocrat named Alanso Quixano who, after reading too many novels about chivalry, loses his sanity and comes to believe that knights, maidens and dragons exist for real.
“Making a portly neighbor his squire, the man refashions himself a knight named Don Quixote and sets off on a quest for adventure. Innkeepers become lords, windmills become dragons, and peasant girls become ladies-in-waiting to him as he and his servant find themselves in situations that are often comical, disastrous, and violent.”
This is indeed a novel that’s ripe for another remake. Sure, there already have been countless reinterpretations, but with a sharp enough tone shift, they can certainly make it work. Plus, given Disney’s track record as of late, I have a hard time doubting a lot of their projects.
What do you think? Should they be looking to remake Don Quixote, or does that story completely not interest you? Let us know your thoughts down below!