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Disney is set to go on an adventure with their own Don Quixote movie

10.14.2016
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When you think of all the classic novels and characters that have been given modern updates, which come to your mind? Some that come to my mind are Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, Frankenstein, Tarzan and, who could forget, Garfield. But if I said Don Quixote you would be hard pressed to think of a memorable, recent adaptation of the novel and it's classic characters. Well, Disney is here to set that right.

THR reports that the classic novel is getting a new adaptation courtesy of the House of Mouse, and with a script from CAPTAIN PHILLIPS and THE HUNGER GAMES scribe Billy Ray who will also be producing along with Gordon Gray (Disney’s INVINCIBLE, MCFARLAND USA, MILLION DOLLAR ARM). A source also says the studio plans to make the film with the same sense of spirited, whimsical adventure and comedic nature as another one of their established franchises—PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN. Quixote will probably take the place of Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) as the amiable, theatrical, often dopey hero. Now stop that eye rolling!

Thank you. Now that may sound eye-roll worthy, but the story of Quixote is actually befitting of such a style. Published in 1605 by Miguel de Cervantes, the story is about an old man named Alonso Quixano, who after reading tons chivalric romance and adventure stories loses his sanity and goes off on an adventure of his own to right wrongs under the name Don Quixote de la Mancha. In his delusions he fights a windmill he thinks is a dragon, and challenges a group of friars he believes are enchanters (or wizards), among many other hopeless endeavors. So, yeah, there’s more material here to make a madcap adventure movie than there was in any amusement park ride.

I can already imagine people thinking to themselves this is just another example of corporate entities running out of ideas, taking simple stories and bloating them with inflated budgets and CGI—and in a lot of ways I agree with those people.  Much like other Disney adaptations of classic material that lost them money (LONE RANGER, JOHN CARTER) I can’t see this movie being a hit, and if it is, it will probably get the franchise treatment with as many sequels as people don't want. But, at the end of the day, if they can make a  good, fun movie that respects the source material then I don’t see the harm. Quixote, which is considered to be the birth of modern Western literature, has yet to get a really memorable film adaptation. Plus if the movie inspires just one person to pick up the book I consider that an immeasurable success worthy of a $150 million+ budget.

There's no release date attached, but imagine a 2018-2019 release.

Source: THR

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1:14PM on 10/14/2016
As long as they don't try to make it a musical. Broadway's Man of La Mancha is a masterpiece and would be hard pressed to be topped.
As long as they don't try to make it a musical. Broadway's Man of La Mancha is a masterpiece and would be hard pressed to be topped.
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1:15PM on 10/14/2016
Oh... I thought of a memorable recent adaptation ;)
Oh... I thought of a memorable recent adaptation ;)
10:29AM on 10/14/2016
Disney is just tilting at windmills with this one...
Disney is just tilting at windmills with this one...
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10:06AM on 10/14/2016
I'm guessing this will be released before Terry Gilliam's version?
I'm guessing this will be released before Terry Gilliam's version?
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9:48AM on 10/14/2016
My initial response to this was WTF, but actually if they want a Pirates style hit, this actually seems like a good fit. It'd be ripe for the(vaguely) same period setting as Pirates and features lots of humorous antics. Plus the novel's over 1,000 pages so they could easily get a trilogy out of it easy.
My initial response to this was WTF, but actually if they want a Pirates style hit, this actually seems like a good fit. It'd be ripe for the(vaguely) same period setting as Pirates and features lots of humorous antics. Plus the novel's over 1,000 pages so they could easily get a trilogy out of it easy.
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