It's a Miracle! Terry Gilliam Has Started Shooting THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE
Director Terry Gilliam has been trying to get his film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote made for the past 17 years. Today, he's once again started shooting the film, and hopefully this time it isn't plagued by problems like the first time, which was chronicled in the classic documentary Lost in La Mancha. This is the filmmaker's seventh attempt to make the film!
Last year it was announced that Adam Driver (The Force Awakens) would be taking on the lead role that was originally played by Johnny Depp. Over the years, both Jack O'Connell and Ewan McGregor were attached to the role.
Jonathan Pryce (Brazil, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The Brothers Grimm) is set to play Miguel de Cervantes, the hero of the story. That role previously had Michael Palin, Robert Duvall, Jean Rochefort, and the late John Hurt attached to it.
The movie also stars Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace), Stellan Skarsgård (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Joana Ribeiro (A Uma Hora Incerta), Eva Basteiro-Bertoli (Black Bread), and Rossy de Palma (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown).
Gilliam's new vision of this story is a modern and satirical twist on the classic Cervantes tale. Driver will play Toby, "a jaded commercials director who travels to Spain for a shoot and comes across a gypsy who gives a copy of his student film - a lyrical re-working of the Don Quixote story set in a quaint old Spanish village. Moved by the discovery, Toby sets off on a bizarre road trip to find the little village where the student student film was shot and gets caught up in a series of catastrophies."
I couldn't be more excited that Gilliam is finally making this passion project of his. I honestly wasn't sure if it would ever happen, but here it is! It's happening, and I can't wait to see it! After all this time and hard work have been put into making this film happen, I hope for Gilliam's sake that it turns out to be exactly what he wants and that it turns out good.
The original screenwriter of the first version of the film, Tony Grisoni, who wrote Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, Tideland, and (uncredited) The Brothers Grimm with Gilliam, is still credited with the Quixote script.