When it comes to Terry Gilliam, you always have to take his word with not only a grain of salt, but sometimes the whole shaker. In an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, the director spoke about his next project, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. The story would center on a traveling circus with the added bonus of allowing audiences to enter the mind of the shows headlining star -- It doesn't exactly take Freud to work out some of the symbolism on that one does it? As most fans know, Gilliam has had a troubled history when it comes to studios and finding financing, he says, "The cost of marketing a film is so high now that they'd rather gamble on a $US150 million [$180 million] film that they can market well than four, say, $US40 million films. Because the gamble, if it pays off, goes gangbusters. If it doesn't, you lose your shirt." Although, on the upside, at least when Don Quixote fell apart we got a documentary out of the deal. Interestingly, Gilliam says in the piece he's still keen to get Don Quixote made, despite the long and tortured history of his involvement with the project.

Gilliam has a number of activities in the works, which he discusses in the piece: he will be working with the animated band Gorillaz this September on a film that will serve as the band's swan song, and he is also still holding out hope for his long-suffering adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Good Omens and there have even some vague rumblings of a return to Don Quixote with Johnny Depp back in the lead. That is quite the action-packed schedule if he can keep to it. As much as I admire his enthusiasm, you know one of these will drop by the wayside, the only question is; which one should it be?
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