Terry Gilliam to Start Filming Don Quixote in September


Terry Gilliam told us last November that his his next project following The Zero Theorem would be his long-awaited Miguel de Cervantes adaptation The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.

“I’m going to try to do ‘Don Quixote’ again,” Gilliam said then. “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.”

Production on Gilliam’s “Don Quixote” actually began in 2000 with Jean Rochefort as Quixote and Johnny Depp in the role of Sancho Panza. Unfortunately, the shoot met with dilemma after dilemma and was never finished, although the behind-the-scenes of the troubled production did end up becoming a feature-length documentary, Lost in La Mancha, in 2002.

Now, Gilliam has revealed to Empire that filming is expected to start on September 29 on the Canary Islands.

He has also brought on Spanish producer Adri├ín Guerra (Buried, Red Lights, Grand Piano). “He’s really smart, loves movies,” said Gilliam. “He’s young enough to still love movies. But we’ve still got to cast it and get the money but other than that, that’s the deal.”

He added that they’ve rewritten the film numerous times for new casts. “We keep rewriting the script each time, too, so it’s a slightly different film each time. It’s the same film but the details change. Maybe it’s better, it’s certainly slightly smaller to fit into the new clothing we wear. Which are cheap clothes these days.”

Gilliam recently shared this concept art from the film as well on his Facebook page.