Terry Gilliam’s long in the works and always troubled dream project, “The Man Who Killed Quixote,” will be making an attempt to go before the cameras once again later this year.
THR says 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 until the other year when John Hurt and “Unbroken” star Jack O’Connell were attached.
Production was delayed after Hurt was diagnosed with cancer, and now the actor has been given the all-clear by his doctors. Here’s hoping this time it works.