Don Quixote Production Gets Another Setback

Terry Gilliam’s labour of love project, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote looks as though it may now never see the light of day.

In an interview with US Magazine Variety, Gilliam claimed that the “financing collapsed about a month and a half ago.”

Gilliam’s filmic interpretation of Miguel de Cerventes’ novel (orginally published in two parts in 1606 and 1615 respectively)  has had more than its share of catastrophe.  The 2002 documentary Lost In La Mancha depicted the cursed big budget production that was set to star Johnny Depp and Jean Rochefort: Rochefort got sick, sets were washed away, and eventually the insurance company took the rights away from Gilliam.

The story focuses upon Don Quixote, an elderly spanish man who embarks on a heroic and chivalrous odyssey against imaginary enemies.

Over recent years the director fought to get the project back into production with the latest incarnation seeing Robert Duvall and Ewan McGregor in the lead roles; but these latest revelations may have perminantly doomed it in Gilliam’s hands.

It seems that with this project, and the ‘Curse of Quixote’, it is Gilliam, not Don Quixote, who is forever tillting at the windmills.

Trailer for Lost in La Mancha:

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