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

By Vivian Kane | Trade News | February 18, 2014 | Comments ()


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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.”

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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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  • e jerry powell

    The master is insane, alas...

  • Jelinas

    Ooh, I'm actually reading this RITE NAO!!! :D Would LOVE for Gilliam to finally succeed in getting this made!! :D

  • Jiffylush

    I watched the documentary back in the early 2000s and it looked like it would have been an amazing film. Given that he made Tideland and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus came afterwards it was clear that he hadn't lost his touch at all.

    I wonder if Depp is still attached and who will play the old man on the horse. I say Ian McKellen or Patrick Stewart. I like Brian Cranston and loved his work on Breaking Bad but I kind of see this as a movie for the ages and just a bit outside of his wheelhouse.

  • Then, when he's done with Quixote, perhaps the Myth of Sisyphus could get a Gilliam adaptation.

    No but seriously, good luck to him - I really hope he gets it this time. He's fucking earned it.

  • Mrs. Julien

    In an internet appropriate and almost entirely platonic way, I love you so. For the record, this is my mental image of your assumed corporeal magnificence:

  • That's...remarkably close.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Gilliam is the best kind of crazy pants.

    This reminds me that I just saw a trailer for 'Jodorowsky's Dune'. Anyone actually seen that disaster documentary? The trailer eliminated all of my internal scoffs.

  • Haystacks

    Is it just me or would Brian Cranston make an amazing Don Quixote?

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