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Terry Gilliam is hoping to make Mr Vertigo with Ralph Fiennes

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After all the trials and tribulations through the years, Terry Gilliam finally got to complete The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. There are still a few legal matters to clear up, but it should hopefully make its way to cinemas at some point.

Never one to remain still, Gilliam is now looking at returning to a film he has wanted to make since 2011 – an adaptation of Paul Auster’s Mr Vertigo. He mentioned this at the Brussels International Film Festival and said Ralph Fiennes will star.

Here is the book synopsis:

Paul Auster, the New York Times-bestselling author of The New York Trilogy, presents a dazzling, picaresque novel set in the late 1920s – the era of Babe Ruth, Charles Lindbergh, and Al Capone. Walter Claireborne Rawley, renowned nationwide as “Walt the Wonder Boy,” is a Saint Louis orphan rescued from the streets by a mysterious Hungarian Jew, Master Yehudi, who teaches Walt to walk on air. Master Yehudi brings Walt into a Kansas circus troupe consisting of Mother Sioux and Aesop, a young black genius. The vaudeville act takes them across a vast and vibrant country, through mythic Americana where they meet and fall prey to sinners, thieves, and villains, from the Kansas Ku Klux Klan to the Chicago mob. Walt’s rise to fame and fortune mirrors America’s own coming of age, and his resilience, like that of the nation, is challenged over and over and over again.

However, this is Terry Gilliam we are talking about so it does not appear to be going smoothly. He pitched the film at Cannes, but wasn’t able to make a deal.

Who knows when, or if, Mr Vertigo will get made, but Gilliam is not one to give up.

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