Hadi Hajaig, the filmmaker behind Sam Rockwell thriller Blue Iguana and Sean Bean and Charlotte Rampling action film Cleanskin, is making a feature documentary about the life and work of Terry Gilliam.
Hajaig will conduct several interviews with Gilliam, beginning in the next two weeks, and the pair will discuss his career across the films Jabberwocky, Time Bandits, Brazil, Twelve Monkeys, The Fisher King and Tideland.
Gilliam’s latest film, the long-gestating and troubled The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, which premiered in Cannes this year, will not be part of the new film – that production was previously spotlighted in the doc Lost In La Mancha.
Hajaig is also producing the project, which is provisionally titled Terry Gilliam, Film-Maker. Executive producer is Tom Tunney (co-producer on Blue Iguana) who is also financing. Blue Iguana editor Pierre Haberer is also attached.
“I plan to open the contents of my stomach to Hadi. And not just the digestible ones,” said Gilliam on granting Hajaig permission to go ahead with the project. Gilliam has courted controversy at time, including comparing the #MeToo movement to “mob rule” and criticising the BBC’s diversity policy this year.
“Terry is a maverick and visionary film maker and I’ve been a huge admirer of his work as far back as I can remember,” added the director on his reasons behind setting up the film.