Terry Gilliam Finishes Production On The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
Long regarded as a lost film, the project languished for years in development hell and became the subject of a story as outlandish as the one it was supposed to tell. Originally eyed for release in 2000, the movie was set to star Johnny Depp and be shot on location in Spain as well as other European countries.
Troubles arose during shooting however and Gilliam was forced to abandon the film. Attempts to shoot the movie with different actors like Robert Duvall, John Hurt, and Ewan McGregor bore no fruit, and it was only when Amazon stepped in to finance the project that it was finally completed.
Comingsoon.net, the source of this story, quotes Gilliam as saying the following about his passion project:
Writer/director Terry Gilliam, who has been working on the project since 1989, said of the film, “Don Quixote is a dreamer, an idealist, and a romantic, determined not to accept the limitations of reality, marching on regardless of setbacks, as we have done. We’ve been at it so long that the idea of actually finishing shooting this ‘clandestine’ film, is pretty surreal. Any sensible person would have given up years ago but sometimes pig-headed dreamers win in the end, so thank you to all of the ill paid fantasists and believers who have joined to make this longstanding dream a reality!’”
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