Filmmaker Terry Gilliam (“12 Monkeys,” “Brazil,” “Time Bandits”) is finally getting back on the donkey.
Thirteen years after his attempt to film “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” collapsed during production, Gilliam tells Coming Soon that once his upcoming “The Zero Theorem” film is out that “I’m going to try to do ‘Don Quixote’ again.”
Gilliam jokes that this will be “the seventh time” he has attempted to get the film made, and one of the main motivators to get it done now is just so that he can let go of the project:
“We’ll see if it happens. This is kind of my default position, going back to that. I actually just want to make it and get rid of it. Get it out of my life.”
In a previous interview earlier this year, Gilliam said: “The dangerous thing is that a lot of people are waiting for it, so I can disappoint a lot of people maybe.”
The previous attempt took place in 2000 when Jean Rochefort and Johnny Depp starred in this humorous take on Miguel de Cervantes’s classic “Don Quixote” tale. Depp played the role of a modern-day ad executive who accidentally gets sent back in time to 17th century La Mancha.
There, he encounters the delusional adventurer Don Quixote (Rochefort), who mistakes Depp’s character for being Sancho Panza. The project fell apart due to various mishaps from a flash flood to Rochefort being diagnosed with a double disc hernia.