Terry Gilliam Finally Set To Make Don Quixote Film

The Monty Python star first attempted to make the film, based on the 17th Century novel by Miguel Cervantes about a deluded Spanish nobleman, in 1998, but his efforts met with disaster.

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote became such a notoriously ill-fated production that a documentary, Lost In La Mancha, was made about Terry’s attempts to make the film with Johnny Depp and Jeff Bridges in 2000.

Directors Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe’s film chronicled Terry’s run of bad luck as he attempted to make the movie in Spain. The project was abandoned days later the filmmaker started shooting when a flash flood damaged the crew’s equipment and French actor Jean Roquefort, who was portraying Quixote, herniated a disc.

The halt to production resulted in a $ 15 million (£10.6 million) insurance claim – and the film’s script was handed over to insurers.

By 2009, the filmmaker had regained the rights to the script but another attempt to restart the project with Ewan MCGregor and Robert Duvall as the film’s leading men stalled again. And production was postponed last year (15) after The Man Who Killed Don Quixote star John Hurt was diagnosed with cancer.

The Harry Potter star was given the all clear last October (15) and he will now lead the cast in the movie alongside 300: Rise of an Empire actor Jack O’Connell.

Gilliam has been given a budget of $ 18 million (£12.8 million) by producer Paulo Branco to begin filming in September (16), according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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