Looks like things are back on track for Terry Gilliam to finally make his “Don Quixote” film. According to Flickreel, filming for the project will begin in the fall with Adam Driver and Michael Palin in the lead roles.
Driver will play Toby, an arrogant publicist who as a young film student decided to shoot a film adaptation of the story of Don Quixote in a Spanish village. Palin will play the title character.
The story will center on Toby, who has now become libidinous and jaded with money and glitter corrupting his life. When he finishes filming an ad in Spain, a mysterious gypsy comes to find him with an old copy of his student film. Upset by her discovery, he goes back to the village where he shot the film only to discover with horror that his project has had a terrible effect on the quiet place. Angelica, who was once a sweet innocent girl has now become a high-class call girl and the old man who played Don Quixote lost his mind and is convinced in his delusion of being the real “Knight of the Sorrowful Countenance.”
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The rest of the synopsis is as follows: “A series of incidents lead to a fire that threatens to destroy the village. Wanted by the police, Toby is ‘saved’ by the old fool who takes him for his faithful squire Sancho, and drives on the roads in search of his perfect wife, Dulcinea. During this journey, Toby will face demons, real and imaginary, modern and medieval. Damsels will be saved, jousts will be completed, and giants will be killed! Reality and fantasy merge in this strange journey, until a spooky ending.”
The site also revealed a couple of new concept art that you can see by clicking here.
Gilliam had previously tried to make a Don Quixote film, his struggles were documented in the 2002 documentary “Lost in La Mancha.”