Finally, after all of these years, Terry Gilliam has started shooting his long-delayed take on The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. The original production in 2000 was fraught with issues, and the film has been in production hell ever since. Gilliam was hopeful that filming would start in October 2016, but the money fell through once again. Now, the film is moving forward, at long last—this news comes from a source close to the film, per Indiewire.
Starring Adam Driver and Jonathan Pryce, the film is based on the book, Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, wherein an old man gets swept up in his romantic stories and goes insane, eventually trying to revive chivalry and knighthood. In the film, an advertising executive (Driver) jumps back and forth in time between 21st-century London and 17th-century Spain, where Don Quixote (Pryce) mistakes him for his compatriot, Sancho Panza. Olga Kurylenko and Stellan Skarsgård are also attached in supporting roles.
The production issues in 2000 set the production back 17 years, all of which were captured in the 2002 documentary Lost in La Mancha, and the cast has changed tremendously over time, churning through names like Robert Duvall, Johnny Depp and Michael Palin. John Hurt was attached to play Quixote before his untimely passing in January.
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is set for a 2018 release, and let’s just hope and pray that it doesn’t get delayed yet again. Check out some concept art (via the script’s cover page) below from actress Rossy DePalma’s Instagram.
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