Gilliam Tries Killing “Quixote” Again

With Heath Ledger’s last film “The Imagnarium of Doctor Parnassus” all wrapped up, the film’s director is looking forward to his next project, or rather backwards.

“Tony [Grisoni] and I have started rewriting Don Quixote just this last week. [We] finally got the script back. I re-read the greatest script ever written and realise we gotta get rewriting! I really wanna knock that one out in the next month or so” director Terry Gilliam (“12 Monkeys,” “Time Bandits”) tells Empire Online.

A decade ago Gilliam and Grisoni (“Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”) penned “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote”, an original attempt to film Cervantes’ classic novel. The production only got through a week of filming before being closed down due to various on-set disasters from injuries to key cast-members to flash floods and interference from the Spanish Air Force.

The troubles were filmed and shown in great detail in the documentary “Lost In La Mancha”. After various legal issues and insurance claims were sorted out, rights to the ‘Quixote’ script eventually went back to the pair.

Gilliam is still keen on the project and hopes to begin filming later this year. “[I’m] starting to think I was lucky, because maybe the film will be better seven years later. It will have matured a bit longer” he says.