After 17 Years, the Man Who Killed Don Quixote Finally Completes Filming

Published June 5th, 2017 - 09:31 GMT
A still from "Lost in La Mancha," a documentary about the making of "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote." (Lost in La Mancha)
A still from "Lost in La Mancha," a documentary about the making of "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote." (Lost in La Mancha)

Terry Gilliam says he has finally finished The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, a film he first started to make at the turn of the century.

"Sorry for the long silence. I've been busy packing the truck and am now heading home. After 17 years, we have completed the shoot of THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE," the writer-director wrote in a Facebook post Sunday. "Muchas gracias to all the team and believers. QUIXOTE VIVE!"

Gilliam did not say in his message who ended up starring in the movie. Over the years, Johnny Depp, Ewan McGregor, Adam Driver, Jack O'Connell, John Hurt, Robert Duvall, Michael Palin and Jonathan Pryce have all been attached to the project. But later reports revealed that Jonathan Pryce was Don Quixote. The film also includes Adam Driver, Olga Kurylenko, Stellan Skarsgård, and local Spanish actors.

Gilliam did not say in his message who ended up starring in the movie. Over the years, Johnny Depp, Ewan McGregor, Adam Driver, Jack O'Connell, John Hurt, Robert Duvall, Michael Palin and Jonathan Pryce have all been attached to the project.

The filmmaker initially tried to shoot the movie nearly two decades ago, but production was sidelined by weather and budget woes, as well as an ailing leading man in Jean Rochefort. The setbacks were chronicled in a popular documentary called Lost in La Mancha.

Subsequent efforts to get the movie done failed as financing repeatedly fell apart.

Gilliam, 76, did not say when and where the film would be released.

A founding member of the Monty Python Comedy troupe, Gilliam is also known for his films The Fisher King, Brazil, Time Bandits, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and 12 Monkeys.


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