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Terry Gilliam to Start Filming Don Quixote in September

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Terry Gilliam’s pet project, the long-awaited Miguel de Cervantes adaptation The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, is finally moving forward. Gilliam has announced he plans to begin the project following the completion of The Zero Theorem. Gilliam recently shared this concept art from the film as well on his Facebook page, which you can see above.

The Don Quixote adaptation originally began in 2000 with Jean Rochefort as Quixote and Johnny Depp in the role of Sancho Panza. Unfortunately, the shoot met with dilemma after dilemma and was never finished, although the behind-the-scenes of the troubled production did end up becoming a feature-length documentary, Lost in La Mancha, in 2002.

“I’m going to try to do ‘Don Quixote’ again,” Gilliam said then. “I think this is the seventh time. Lucky seven, maybe. We’ll see if it happens. This is kind of my default position, going back to that. I actually just want to make it and get rid of it. Get it out of my life.”

Gilliam told Empire that he is expecting to begin filming for Don Quixote this September on the Canary Islands.

He has also brought on Spanish producer Adrián Guerra (BuriedRed LightsGrand Piano). “He’s really smart, loves movies,” said Gilliam. “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.”

Terry Gilliam Is Attempting The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (Again)

 

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It feels like Terry Gilliam has been attempting to make The Man Who Killed Don Quixote for years now. Is now finally the time? During a recent interview following the festival-opening screening of the director’s latest release, The Zero Theorem, Gilliam spoke about his plans to begin work on his long-awaited Miguel de Cervantes adaptation.

Gilliam first began the project in 2000 with Jean Rochefort as Quixote and Johnny Depp in the role of Sancho Panza. Unfortunately, the shoot met with dilemma after dilemma and was never finished, although the behind-the-scenes of the troubled production did end up becoming a feature-length documentary, Lost in La Mancha, in 2002. Other attempts at bringing the project to the big screen have involved Robert Duvall as Quixote and Ewan McGregor as the Sancho Panza.

Now, nearly 14 years later, he is trying it again.

“I’m going to try to do ‘Don Quixote’ again. I think this is the seventh time. Lucky seven, maybe. We’ll see if it happens. This is kind of my default position, going back to that. I actually just want to make it and get rid of it. Get it out of my life,” said Gilliam.

There is currently no word as to which cast members might be involved this time around, but Gilliam seems cautiously optimistic that he might finally bring his impossible dream to life.

Johnny Depp And Disney Planning A Don Quixote Adaptation

Disney recently closed a deal on an new Don Quixote film pitch that was written by Steve Pink and Jeff Morris. The project will be produced by Infinitum Nihil’s Johnny Depp and Christi Dembrowski.

Rather than be another straight forward adaptation, the project is being described as being a modern re-imagining of Don Quixote. Depp has long been intrigued with that character, and at one time was attached to the Quixote film that Terry Gilliam has tried to make.

Don Quixote will be based off the novel “The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha,” written by Miguel de Cervantes. The novel follows the adventures of Alonso Quijano, an hidalgo who reads so many chivalric novels, that he decides to set out to revive chivalry under the name of Don Quixote. He recruits a simple farmer,Sancho Panza, as his squire, who frequently deals with Don Quixote’s rhetorical orations on antiquated knighthood with a unique, earthy wit. He is met by the world as it is, initiating themes like intertextuality, realism,metatheatre and literary representation.

The original novel was published in two separate volumes that were a decade apart, in 1605 and 1615 respectively. Remaining one of the more loves and respected literary novels in the world, it regularly appears on “best” lists around the world, and on a 2002 listDon Quixote was cited as the “best literary work ever written”.

At Disney, Infinitum Nihil just wrapped the Depp-starrer Disney The Lone Ranger. The company’s feature credits also include Hugo, Dark Shadows and The Rum Diary. UTA reps Pink, Morris and Infinitum Nihil, while Pink’s managed by Mosaic and Morris by Caliber Media.