Terry Gilliam Says THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE Might Rise from the Dead

     August 7, 2014


If you’ve followed the career of Terry Gilliam, you’d know that one of the projects that has enchanted and haunted him for the last 15 years is The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.  Somewhat appropriately, given the thematic conceit of the book, it’s been something of a windmill-chasing affair.  I wouldn’t lame the blame of that at Gilliam’s feet though, he’s always been an ambitious visionary and he knows that sometimes these things can essentially be cursed.

So kudos to him for not giving up on it.  Even though we’re not getting the Johnny Depp version featured in Lost in La Mancha (or even the Robert Duvall version they attempted after that), we may finally be getting a version of this movie after all.  And one that sounds quite interesting in the sense that he’ll be incorporating some real-life elements into it.  Hit the jump for more on Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Kiilled Don Quixote.  And be on the lookout for The Zero Theorem interview I did with him that will be hitting in a few weeks.

terry-gilliam-don-quixoteGilliam told The Wrap that he has financing and a potential cast for the film and it might include some real-life meta elements:

“I keep incorporating my own life into it and shifting it,” Gilliam said. “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… 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.”

Gilliam has yet to disclose his cast for the film.  I don’t blame him, I wouldn’t want this thing getting jinxed either.

  • Don Drapper

    Why can’t he just let this go? it doesn’t even sound interesting. There is a reason why no one else wants to make it.

    • lord jim

      it sounds fantastic, and why would Gilliam let other people make his movies???what the hell are you talking about, it´s like telling a writer to stop writing his novel because there would be a reason no one else is writing it.what´s your point?

      • agent777

        That it doesn’t sound interesting to him? I’ll see it, but it doesn’t sound very interesting.

        The documentary covered the horror of the production in a way that makes a film version of making the film irrelevant.

      • lord jim

        according to the article the movie is gonna be a completely different beast, much closer to Gilliam than to Cervantes.That is the reason why no one else possibly could do it, Gilliam is making another Gilliam mindfuck, and i am looking forward to that.

      • Don Draper

        What I mean is, there are no producers or financiers that want to make it. A director can’t just make a movie by himself, he has to have the help of other people, and in this case, the other people are interested in it.

    • randommale7

      Didn’t Orson Welles attempt to make a version of his own earlier?

  • Ramonesmaniac

    At this point, I just don’t care anymore. If it gets made, more power to him. If it doesn’t, I don’t care.