Love him or hate him, Terry Gilliam certainly adds a unique voice to the cinematic landscape. The director of Brazil, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Twelve Monkeys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Gilliam has a career that spans decades; as such, it's only natural that a few projects would slip through the cracks.
One of the best documented of these elusive films-to-be is The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, a whimsical story that has had multiple incarnations throughout the years. The film's rise and fall is wonderfully captured in a great documentary called Lost in La Mancha, which I'd highly recommend seeking out if you haven't seen it and are at all interested in the way movies come together (and crumble apart, in this case) behind the scenes. But that attempt was years ago, and according to the film's co-writer Toni Grisoni, it's back on track with a new life and a fresh vision.
Us survivors of 'Don Q' are a strange kind of dysfunctional family. Every year since we have rewritten the screenplay. And we've got quite good at it. You will be pleased to hear the Don is back up and in the saddle and ready to ride under new colours.
There's also a new logo for the movie, commissioned by Gilliam himself. (Photo via TheFilmStage.)
The most recent version of the film is set to star Robert Duvall, and Ewan McGregor just dropped out. No word on the final casting yet, but I'd really like to see Gilliam's vision hit theaters one day, even if it's not the way he originally intended. But what do you think? Should he remain persistent with this project, or give it up and move on to something else?
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