After all these years, it looks like Terry Gilliam is actually going to get to make his Don Quixote film. Years ago he set out on a journey to make a movie called The Man Who Killed Don Quixote with Johnny Depp, and it never finished production because it was plagued with all kinds of problems famously portrayed in the documentary Lost in La Mancha.
Gilliam never gave up on the project though, and over the years he has retooled the story from a modern day ad man who travels back in time, to a film set in the present day about how movies can damage people. Gilliam has finally secured the financing he needs to make the film, and plans to shoot it after Christmas this year. Here's what he had to say about it in an interview with The Wrap:
"I keep incorporating my own life into it and shifting it. The basic underlying premise of that, the version Johnny was involved in, was that he actually was going to be transported back to the 17th century, and now it all takes place now, it’s contemporary. It’s more about how movies can damage people.
"Our main character actually made a Don Quixote movie a lot earlier in his history, and the effect it had on many people wasn’t very nice. Some people go mad, some people turn to drink, some people become whores."
This sounds like it will be even more interesting than what he was trying to do before. I'm definitely intrigued with the direction that he's taking the story. It sounds depressing and entertaining! Obviously the battles that he has fought to make this movie over the years have taken a toll on him.