Director Terry Gilliam, age 75, still adamant about making the Don Quixote movies

HitBerryPublished on   13 Feb, 2016Updated on   30 May, 2021

Director Terry Gilliam’s dream is finally going to come true. The visionary director, who is known for movies like 12 Monkeys, Brazil and more has been unable to complete his dream project,  The man who killed Don Quixote which he started in 1998 . But it seems the British screenwriter is finally going to finish what he started a long time ago. 

The American-born British screenwriter, film director, animator, actor, comedian and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe started the filming of his ambitious movie back in 1998 in Spain with Johnny Depp and Jean Rochefort. But things went wrong within the first week of filming, when Rochefort, who was set to play Quixote suffered a herniated disc. The production was halted due to this and various other setbacks, including problems obtaining insurance, a flood that pretty much destroyed the set and financial conditions.

The production could not be re-launched despite several attempts of continuation in Gilliam's part. Gilliam and actor, Depp wanted to revive the film desperately but due to some problem, things did not go as they had planned. Finally after approximately 10 years, Gilliam restarted the production in 2008 but the movie has still not been made and now after countless failed attempts the veteran director is determined to continue the project no matter what. 

Gilliam, who has been obsessing over the movie  has often talked about how it had consumed him. “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," the filmmaker said in an interview.

And finally, after years of waiting, he revealed in an interview with The Playlist, that The Man Who Killed Don Quixote will shot this very year and will be part of his new movie deal with Amazon. However, Johnny Depp, who was originally cast as Toby Grisoni, won’t be reprising his role and neither will Rochefort. Unbroken’s Jack O’Connell and John Hurt are said to be replacing Depp and Rochefort respectively. 

“I’m intrigued by their way of doing it,” Gilliam said about Amazon. “They go into the cinemas first and then a month or two afterwards they go into streaming. And I think that’s good because you get a chance to see it on the big screen, and yet I know that more people have seen my films on DVD than they have in the cinemas and that’s the reality of life now."

“I’ve got a couple other things I’m playing with,” he said. 

“A couple of old scripts that have been wallowing within the studio system; we’ve got them out, so we’re going to stretch them out. So what was going to become a two and a half hour movie will now become a six-eight part TV series,” Gilliam said about his idea of turning the movie into a TV mini-series.