It would seem fairly easy to describe Terry Gilliam’s continuing quest to get his dream project The Man Who Killed Don Quixote as Quixotic, but it is hard to find another word that truly describes it. After numerous false starts, it looks as if Gilliam is gearing up for another run at the project.
After a screening of Gilliam’s latest film The Zero Theorem, at a film festival in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Coming Soon caught up with the director and asked him what his next project was going to be.
I’m going to try to do ‘Don Quixote’ again. I think this is the seventh time. Lucky seven, maybe. 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… I don’t know if it will be good or bad. The dangerous thing is that a lot of people are waiting for it, so I can disappoint a lot of people maybe.
The first time that Gilliam attempted to make the film was back in 2000 with Jean Rochefort and Johnny Depp and actually had two days of shooting done before numerous factors shut the production down. This attempt was chronicled in the 2002 documentary Lost In La Mancha. Several other attempts to pull together the financing to make the movie followed over the years. In 2010, Ewan McGregor was attached to the project, but even that wasn’t enough to get the project going. Gilliam stated in February 2012 that it was possible financing was coming together for the film. It is not clear if that round of financing is what is powering this attempt or if there has been another new source of money.