Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is finally in production (for now)

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Mar 14, 2017

Terry Gilliam has directed some wonderful films (Time Bandits, Brazil, Twelve Monkeys) and some not-so-wonderful films (Tideland, The Zero Theorum) . But he's never managed to direct The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Until now.

According to IndieWire, the wild winds of fortune have carried Terry Gilliam onward, and the film is finally in production.

I use the word "finally" for a reason. Don Quixote initially began pre-production in 1998 but was halted due to difficulties that included a flash flood, the illness of then-star Jean Rochefort, and freakin’ NATO target practice.

Life may have handed Gilliam some lemons, but filmmakers Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe made lemonade, known as the documentary Lost in La Mancha. Originally made for the film's eventual DVD release, this documentary showed the production unravel before the filmmakers' eyes. It was released in 2002. (I highly recommend it.)

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is about an advertising executive who is sent back in time and meets Don Quixote de la Mancha, who mistakes him for his companion Sancho. The film will star Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as the executive and Jonathan Pryce (Brazil) as Quixote.

I've been waiting for this movie for 19 years. I'm glad to know I'll only be waiting until sometime in 2018. Unless life hands Gilliam more lemons.

(via IndieWire)