It has taken 17 years for filmmaker Terry Gilliam to get to this moment. Finally, FINALLY, principal photography has wrapped on the director’s long embattled “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote”.
Gillian first began working on the project in 1989 and originally began shooting the film in 2000. Then a series of catastrophes hit the production which saw it shut down.
Over the years, filming came close several times to restarting with new actors in the leads, but it wasn’t until March this year that shooting finally got underway in Spain and Portugal, and now it is over. Gilliam posted the following statement on Facebook:
“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!”
Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce, Stellan Skarsgard, and Olga Kurylenko star in the film which is inspired by Miguel De Cervantes literary classic. In Gilliam’s take, Pryce plays a deluded old man who is convinced he is Don Quixote, and who mistakes Toby (Driver), an advertising executive, for his trusty squire, Sancho Panza.
The pair embarks on a bizarre journey, jumping back and forth in time between the 21st and 17th century. Gradually, Toby becomes consumed by the illusory world and unable to determine his dreams from reality.
Amazon Studios is slated to distribute the film in the U.S. and U.K. but hasn’t set any date as yet.