Terry Gilliam’s ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ May Still Happen
Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 at 7:45 pm
Filmmaker Terry Gilliam has made more than a few movies in his career that became cherished favorites with millions of fans around the world, but the man has never had it easy getting seeing his cinematic visions realized. Gilliam has clashed with major studios repeatedly (his battle with Universal Pictures over the final cut of his 1985 dystopian satire Brazil is legendary) and seen several of his projects crumble into dust.
Most notoriously was the legendary collapse of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, an independently-financed feature that reunited Gilliam with his Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas star Johnny Depp. The production was plagued by problems with financing, location difficulties, and the sudden hospitalization of actor Jean Rochefort, who had been cast as Cervantes’ classic literary dreamer Don Quixote. The troubled production and its ultimate dissolution was the focus of the 2002 documentary Lost in La Mancha.
Continue below to find out where The Man Who Killed Don Quixote stands now, and to see a new logo.
Last fall Gilliam expressed his hope that he would make the film this spring with new leads Robert Duvall and Ewan McGregor stepping in for Rochefort and Depp, but McGregor has since dropped out of his intended role.
Co-writer Tony Grisoni, who also collaborated with Gilliam on the scripts for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Tideland, discussed the project’s future in an interview with Money Into Light:
“Us survivors of Don Q are a strange kind of dysfunctional family. Every year since we have rewritten the screenplay. And we’ve got quite good at it. You will be pleased to hear the Don is back up and in the saddle and ready to ride under new colours.”
The list of films Terry Gilliam never made is almost as long as the list of films he did; for starters, in the late 1980s he was the first director to tackle the movie adaptation of the classic Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons comic book miniseries Watchmen. But Gilliam has never gone back to those abandoned projects as much as he has with The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, so this story must be very special to him. Any movie Gilliam gets this passionate about must obviously be made. Now it’s only a question of when the movie will be made and when we get to see it. Duvall remains attached to the film but a replacement for McGregor has not yet been cast.
In the meantime here’s a new logo for the film Gilliam commissioned in December from branding and design firm Alfalfa Studio.