Terry Gilliam is reviving his passion project "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" nearly a decade after his first attempt was derailed by bad weather, destroyed sets and lead actor Jean Rochefort's back problems.
The new film will revolve around a filmmaker who is charmed into joining Don Quixote's eternal quest for his ladylove, becoming an unwitting Sancho Panza.
Gilliam and screenwriter Tony Grisoni, who also wrote the first version, have rewritten and updated the script.
Terry Gilliam is getting ready to start production, once again, on his longtime passion project, Don Quixote. We reported last year that Jack O'Connell has signed on for the lead role of Toby, a jaded commercials director who arrives in Spain for his latest gig. The filmmaker is given a gypsy's student film, a lyrical re-working of Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra's original Don Quixote novel, sending Toby on a quest to find the village where he shot this film, as he gets in a series of adventures along the way.
The director has tried to make this particular film seven different times, most notably in 2000, when it was called The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Johnny Depp, who had starred in the filmmaker's 1998 cult classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas just two years earlier, was set to play an ad man named Toby Grisoni, who inexplicably gets transported back in time, where he becomes Don Quixote's companion, Sancho Panza. After being plagued with a number of difficulties, the production was shut down, with the troubled shoot chronicled in the 2003 documentary Lost in La Mancha.Read More
Jack O'Connell has signed on to star in Terry Gilliam's long-awaited Don Quixote, which will start shooting next spring for a May 2016 release. John Hurt is expected to appear as the title character, although he was not mentioned in Variety's article.
The project offers a modern-day satirical take on Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra's original novel, following a jaded commercial director named Toby (Jack O'Connell), who arrives in Spain for a shoot. There, a gypsy sneaks his student film, a "lyrical re-working" of Don Quixote set in a Spanish village, into Toby's possession. After watching the movie, Toby sets off on a quest to find the village where it was shot, getting in a series of misadventures along the way.Read More
It has been more than ten years since 2003's Lost in La Mancha documentary told the harrowing tale of director Terry Gilliam and star Johnny Depp attempting to make the infamous The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, a long gestating and often troubled movie that has been Gilliam's passion project for more than two decades. Now, the director is back at it, and claims that shooting on a reworked Don Quixote starts this September.
Empire Magazine recently caught up with the filmmaker to discuss The Zero Theorem, where Terry revealed that The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is heading to the Canary Islands on September 29. Spanish producer Adrián Guerra (Grand Piano) helped raise the capital to get the movie back on its feet.Read More
http://movieweb.com/movie/don-quixote-2015/Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has experienced a financial collapse, which is more than the "hiccup" reported in August, according to Variety.
"The financing collapsed about a month and a half ago," Terry Gilliam said Saturday at the Deauville American Film Festival.Read More
The Arcade Fire project he is talking about is a live webcast of the band's concert tonight in New York City's Madison Square Garden that he will be directing.
We'll be sure to keep you posted with any further details regarding Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote as soon as we have more information.Read More
It seems that Terry Gilliam's film that was famously abandoned 10 years ago is moving forward with another actor joining the cast. Empire is reporting that actor Ewan McGregor has signed on for The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.
McGregor will star in the role that Johnny Depp was set to play in the film's first incarnation over 10 years ago. It was said that Depp was still set for the role, but there were scheduling conflicts with Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and this film.Read More
Terry Gilliam recently made the press rounds for his upcoming The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, and revealed to numerous members of the press that he'd found the right man to play Don Quijote de la Mancha in his long gestating, often delayed fantasy film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Of course, he wouldn't reveal who it was. Today, while attending the Crazy Heart press junket, our friends over at Collider discovered who the mystery actor is. And it's none other than the iconic Robert Duvall.
You can visit Collider for more on the story. Duvall didn't say much more than he's being considered for the role. Gilliam has long tried to get this story off the ground, and his first attempt to capture it all on film with Johnny Depp in the lead failed miserably. But it sure did make for one great documentary entitled Lost in La Mancha.Read More