Terry Gilliam's Latest 'Don Quixote' Project Falls Apart Again
by Ethan Anderton
September 6, 2010
For a film titled The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, it seems a bit ironic that every year there's someone or something responsible for the death of the project itself. Sad news for anybody looking forward to Terry Gilliam's long-gestating and consistently doomed version of the classic Don Quixote tale as Variety reports that the financing for the film, which would star Robert Duvall and Ewan McGregor, has fallen through. The trade talked with Gilliam at the Deauville American Film Fest where he said: "The financing collapsed about a month and a half ago. I shouldn't be here. The plan was to be shooting Quixote right now." Sad statement.
Though this is surely disappointing news, I can't say that I'm the least bit surprised. Gilliam has been trying to get this project off the ground for a long, long time and one of the failed attempts was even chronicled in the 2002 documentary Lost in La Mancha. Despite the likely cursed production, Gilliam is still optimistic about the project coming together, and all the talent remains intact. Gilliam says, "Robert Duvall is Quixote, Ewan McGregor is also there, and we are looking for new financing right now." I guess we'll keep waiting to see if this project ever comes to fruition, at least as long as the internet still exists whenever that happens.