Terry Gilliam’s long in the works dream project, “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” looks like it is finally going forward again after the failed attempt to film it over a decade ago.
Gilliam had hope to shoot the project this Fall in the Canary Islands but didn’t have the funding at that point. He now tells The Wrap that he’s finally gained the necessary funding and negotiations are underway with potential cast members. As a result, filming is now slated to begin after this Christmas.
Gilliam’s original “Man Who Killed Don Quixote” script revolved around a modern-day fellow (Johnny Depp) who gets sent back in time to the 17th century, where he encounters the real Don Quixote (Jean Rochefort).
That version is no more, Gilliam says he’s revised the screenplay so it’s now entirely ‘contemporary’ and has meta elements to the story – as it deals with ‘how movies can damage people.’ Specifically: “Our main character actually made a Don Quixote movie a lot earlier in his history, and the effect it had on many people wasn’t very nice. Some people go mad, some people turn to drink, some people become whores.”