“[Producer] Jeremy Thomas is very close to getting all the pieces of paper signed from all the people who you gotta get signed,” Gilliam told us. “He’s been on it for a year now, and he’s come the closest to getting it untangled from the legal swamp it was in. And, um, I don’t see why, I donæt see anythying that’s gonna stop it now. He’s just gotta get all the paperwork done and then I call Mr Depp and see which pirate film he’s still on”.
“I’m the only one who can make it, ‘cos that’s what Neil and Terry have said. I’m the only one”, Gilliam insists. “And I thought with Neil, with Stardust and with Beowulf and there’s another one … an animated film, a Henry Selick thing he’s written [Coraline], I was thinking he’s really hot now, so maybe there’s a chance. I mean it’s such a wonderful book. And I think our script is pretty good, too. We did quite a few changes. We weren’t as respectful as we ought to have been. But Neil’s happy with it!”