Seventh time’s a charm? Terry Gilliam has announced that he will be starting production on his long-time labor of love “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” on the Canary Islands in the fall. This is the seventh time over the past 20 years the director has attempted to get his troubled adaptation of Cervantes’ “Don Quixote” off the ground.
The film has gone through numerous failed iterations. The time it came closest to successful production was in 2000, when Gilliam had Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis on board, filming in the south-east of Spain. But lead actor Jean Rochefort suffered a back injury, and a flash flood literally swept away parts of the location and equipment. This is chronicled in the must-watch doc “Lost in La Mancha.”
No word yet on casting this time around, though Robert Duvall was the latest actor attached to the title role back in 2009. Depp is out of the picture — he’s got a Disney deal for a modern reboot of “Don Quixote.”
David Warren (production designer on Gilliam’s most recent title “The Zero Theorem”) has concept art for the film underway; producer Adrian Guerra (“Buried”) is looking to raise funds.