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.
Terry Gilliam had this to say about the producer.
"He's really smart, loves movies. He's young enough to still love movies. But we've still got to cast it and get the money but other than that, that's the deal."
It's unlikely that Johnny Depp will return to reprise the role of Don Quixote, with the project going through many cast iterations over the years. Just how many changes have there been?
"I'm hoping it's the lucky 11. We keep rewriting the script each time, too, so it's a slightly different film each time. It's the same film but the details change. Maybe it's better, it's certainly slightly smaller to fit into the new clothing we wear. Which are cheap clothes these days."
Why exactly does the filmmaker keep coming back to The Man Who Killed Don Quixote?
"It's obsessive... desperate... pathetic... foolish. It's this growth, this tumor that's become part of my system that has to get out if I'm to survive. I've got the opera (the ENO's Benvenuto Cellini) to get out the way first and we start rehearsals in April. That's for June, and there's a week between the opera opening and Python rehearsals. And then we are at the moment starting shooting The Man Who Killed Don Quixote in the last week of September. If it's happening. Or not."
Will The Man Who Killed Don Quixote finally get off the ground and become a real movie? At this point, it's anybody's guess...But as any film fan knows, the odds certainly are not in Terry Gilliam's favor.