Decades Later, Terry Gilliam Finally Finishes ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’
There are troubled productions, and then there are troubled productions, and then there is Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. A Monty Python alumnus and the visionary filmmaker behind projects like 12 Monkeys, Brazil, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Gilliam has been working on his modern day retelling of Don Quixote for over 20 years. The film was originally set to go into pre-production back in 1998, but setbacks and a series of freak accidents — all covered in the acclaimed documentary Lost in La Mancha — tanked that production and have kept Gilliam in production limbo ever since. The Daily Beast put together a detailed history of the film earlier this year; it seriously makes Apocalypse Now sound like a Troma Entertainment production by comparison.
But today, after years and years of trying, Gilliam has finally managed to finish the film. This morning, Gilliam turned to Facebook (via The Playlist) to announce that he had finished production on The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. There’s probably not enough champagne in the world for all the celebrating that Gilliam and his cast are set to do.
The film, which stars Adam Driver and Jonathan Pryce, tells the story of a disillusioned commercial director who is given a copy of his student film while on location in the Spanish countryside. As noted by ComingSoon.net, Driver’s character then sets off “on a bizarre road trip to find the little village where the student student film was shot and gets caught up in a series of catastrophes.” While it’s unlikely that the film could match the $32 million budget of the original production — as the Daily Beast noted in their feature, that made The Man Who Killed Don Quixote one of the most expensive European-backed productions at the time — Gilliam had the right talent to make something special. Fingers crossed that the film is worth the wait for filmmaker and audiences alike.