Adam Driver and Michael Palin are set to take over the lead roles in the newest incarnation of Terry Gilliam’s long-gestating and long-suffering passion project “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote”.
Alfama Films, Tornasol Films and Leopardo Filmes are teaming up to co-produce the $18 million budget project which will go before cameras in September with Paulo Branco producing.
It marks the latest go at filming on ‘Man’, a riff on Miguel de Cervantes’ legendary novel about a modern man who goes back in time and joins the titular character on an epic quest. Gilliam first attempted to adapt it around the turn of the century with both Johnny Depp and Jean Rochefort starring.
As soon as filming began, things went wrong – NATO tested aircraft, a flash flood wiped out sets, and Rochefort had a major injury. The project collapsed. Gilliam has since tried to get the film off the ground several times, none of it quite getting there despite names like Ewan McGregor and Robert DuVall being attached.
Then last John Hurt and “Unbroken” star Jack O’Connell were attached and it looked ready to go before production was delayed after Hurt was diagnosed with cancer. Hurt was hoping to return but now it looks like both are out, with Driver and Palin stepping in to replace them. Here’s hoping it goes forward this time.