After his success with The Damnation of Faust, ENO have asked Terry Gilliam to direct Berlioz's Benvenuto Cellini in 2013, he tells the Independent. But he says, "I can't definitely say yes until I know whether I'm shooting a film next year."
Good job ENO want him as a director and not a salesman though. "When it works, opera is extraordinary. It's like bullfighting. But most of them are just crap. Extraordinary sets, amazing singing, but crap. Jonathan Miller's The Elixir of Love just depressed me because it was so good. Then I saw other things and thought, this is horrible. People are spending 90-odd quid to sit in those seats and they're getting a rotten deal. My approach was always, we are doing a show here".