If “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” is the football, then Terry Gilliam is Charlie Brown, and The Fates are Lucy, forever yanking it away. But at the moment, it seems that the movie might actually possibly be made. Back in February, Gilliam said cameras would roll in September, and now comes further confirmation for that plan.
Producer Paul Branco (“Cosmopolis,” “Mysteries Of Lisbon“) announced today (via Screen Daily) that he’ll be working on what he calls a “mythical project,” with production to start in September in Spain and Portugal with an $18.2 million budget. So, cool beans, right? Yet it appears that John Hurt might not be involved.
As you’ll recall, the actor has been long attached to the lead role, but his cancer diagnosis last year led to one of the film’s many delayed starts. Additionally, there have been suggestions that the actor’s age and health made it difficult for the production to get insurance coverage for him, but it looks like plain old scheduling will get in the way. Last month, it was reported that Hurt would be returning to the stage to star in “The Entertainer” opposite Kenneth Branagh in a planned run at the Garrick Theatre from August 20th to November 12th.
So we’ll have to see who Gilliam lines up to step in for Hurt. But as always with ‘Quixote,’ anything can happen between now and September.