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Back From the La Mancha Graveyard: Terry Gilliam Is Resurrecting Don Quixote

By Vivian Kane | Industry | February 18, 2014 |

By Vivian Kane | Industry | February 18, 2014 |

We all know that old Einstein quote about the definition of insanity, that it’s doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Well, by this logic, Terry Gilliam is clinically crazypants.

Terry Gilliam announced last week that he’s in the works to break ground on The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, a project now 25 years in the making. He also left this little “doodle” on his Facebook page, along with the caption “Dreams of Don Quixote have begun again. Dave Warren has started doodling. Will we get the old bastard back on his horse this year? Human sacrifices welcomed. Stay tuned.”


This would be Gilliam’s seventh attempt at this particular film. The last, and most notable, attempt resulted in the incredible documentary Lost in La Mancha, one of the greatest disaster films ever made. Production was brought down by floods, language barriers, fighter jets, insurance men… you name it, it was an issue.

But Terry’s giving it another go. He’s got Adri├ín Guerra, the producer of Buried onboard, and production is slated to start September 29th in the Canary Islands. In an interview with Empire, Gilliam said, “It’s obsessive… desperate… pathetic… foolish… It’s this growth, this tumor that’s become part of my system that has to get out if I’m to survive.”

I really hope this time Gilliam’s able to rip out that tumor. It’s got to be the most gorgeous growth anyone’s ever seen.

Vivian Kane is itching to see some windmills go DOWN. They totally have it coming.

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