Terry Gilliam opens up about The Man Who Killed Don Quixote‘s troubled production. The Golden Globe-nominated Fisher King and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus director expressed hope the film will be finally completed.
After 17 years of stalling in development hell, Gilliam’s most infamous project is finally making headway. Dismissing tongue-in-cheek claims that the production is cursed as “bulls***”, the director proudly announced that shooting for the film, which will star Adam Driver, Michael Palin, and Olga Kurylenko, will begin in October:
This year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of ‘Don Quixote’ writer Miguel de Cervantes, which Gilliam joked is the reason the film is being made now. ‘We should be here in Cannes next year with the finished film, and then you can ask me why I made such a mess of it or why I made such a wonderful film,’ he said. ‘I think it’s going to be great.’
Despite his optimism, Gilliam also said he’s ‘terrified’ of the prospect of finally making the movie that fans of the story have been expecting for so long.
‘It’s one of those dream nightmares that never leave you until you finish the thing,’ Gilliam said. ‘I want to get this film out of my life so that I can get on with the rest of my life.’
Still, Gilliam pledged his undying affection for the character, who he referred to as ridiculous, foolish, and arrogant.
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