Johnny Depp might've just killed Gilliam's modern-day Don Quixote

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Jan 14, 2013, 2:52 PM EST

In a cruel twist of fate, it looks like the star of Terry Gilliam's long-delayed modern-day Don Quixote film, Johnny Depp, might just be the man to kill the project for good.

Gilliam (Brazil) has been trying to get a time-traveling adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes' classic tale made for more than a decade now. Back in the late '90s and early 2000s, Johnny Depp was attached to star as a modern-day businessman sent back to the 17th century who eventually joins him on his adventures.

Shortly after production ramped up, the film fell apart, due to everything from funding issues to weather problems with the shoot, and Gilliam has spent years trying to get it back on track. Heck, the documentary Lost in La Mancha was even made to chronicle the likely doomed project.

Now it seems Gilliam might've finally run out of time.

Turns out Depp is working on his own modern-day version of Don Quixote as a producer and potential star, and considering his clout, he could actually make it happen within the next few years. Especially if Depp's upcoming Lone Ranger does well, it could be a nice period-esque follow-up.

Depp's adaptation is being written by Jeff Morris and Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine).

As for Gilliam's version? It's unlikely that any studio would take the chance of launching a second film based on such a niche concept, especially when it'd have to compete with Depp's star power.

What do you think? Would you like to see a Gilliam-less modern-day Don Quixote, or do you hope this one lands right beside the other try in development hell?

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