One of my favorite directors Terry Gilliam (Time Bandits, Brazil, The Fisher King, 12 Monkeys, The Zero Theorem) is once again chasing what has been a monstrous windmill for him. That being Making his Don Quixote story. Something he has been after since the turn of the century.
You might remember he first tried to make this movie in 1998! The shoot however was plagued with setbacks actor's health issues, money issues, and not to mention the bombing runs. He did get an excellent documentary (Lost In La Mancha) about the tribulations of movie making. Let's face it chasing Hollywood dreams is a lot like battling windmills.
“It’s obsessive… desperate… pathetic… foolish. It’s this growth, this tumor that’s become part of my system that has to get out if I’m to survive.”
Since then there have been more false starts. Ten years later there was talk of it restarting again with Robert Duvall as Don Quixote and Ewan MacGregor replacing Johnny Depp.
“I’ve done it so many times — or not done it so many times — I’ll believe it when I see it . However, I’m behaving as if it’s all going to happen as planned.”
This will be a new version according to Gilliam. The new version no longer sees a 21st-century advertising executive (Johnny Depp) travelling back in time to 17th-century Spain, where the Don mistakes him for Sancho Panza. It's now set entirely in the modern day and Gilliam says it will be more self reflective dealing with his failures in getting this movie made.
“I keep incorporating my own life into it and shifting it, The basic underlying premise of that the version Johnny was involved in was that he actually was going to be transported back to the 17th century, and now it all takes place now, it’s contemporary. It’s more about how movies can damage people.”
Gilliam also went on to say:
“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.”
Sounds like we're in for a bit of Meta Madness. No word of a cast yet, hmm Jeff Bridges as Quixote? I wonder if he'll use some of the original footage. The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is scheduled to begin production on the Canary Islands in September 2014.
Source: Empire online and TheWrap