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.
Reader Feedback - 13 Comments
I hope it happens, but this news is...unsettling.
Xerxex on Sep 6, 2010
Put some explosions in it and some robots with a hint of the apocalypse and bingo the funding will be there, maybe Quixote could be a superhero too, ding!
Crapola on Sep 6, 2010
Terry Gilliams is a sloppy director. Who cares about this.
ryderup on Sep 6, 2010
#3 I think Gilliam is an over-rated director (don't get the appeal of 12 Monkeys) but I have been still anxious to see this movie get going. But probably more so because of the actors.
jjboldt on Sep 6, 2010
They should just let this one fall apart again too and then make a sequel to Lost in La Mancha.
peloquin on Sep 6, 2010
Poor Gilliam. Id love to see Quixote, damn it.
Al on Sep 6, 2010
:'( #3 Sloppy is what you call people who mistake periods for question marks.
zzz on Sep 6, 2010
Poor Gilliam....And again the Don quixote project will be used in Filmschools as a negativ example to analyze
jim on Sep 7, 2010
Although I'd love to see Robert Duvall as Quixote, Gilliam was good in the beginning of his career. His latest movies, in my opinion, have sucked tremendously. Im okay with this never reaching theaters.
Voice of Reason on Sep 7, 2010
ryderup on Sep 7, 2010
#3: Sloppy, maybe, but with such a broad vision he's able to get away with it. He's one of the most interesting and unique directors of our time, so even though he can be a bit sloppy: I care about this.
Jos van den Atmos on Sep 7, 2010
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus was awesome! Gilliam is one of the greatest directors of all time.
Xerxex on Sep 7, 2010
swap EW out and this project gets magically picked up!
jont on Sep 29, 2010
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