Terry Gilliam hopes to resurrect THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE, starring Johnny Depp

Director Terry Gilliam, in a new interview with IGN News, voiced optimism that his dream project, THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE, might soon be resurrected. (Readers unfamiliar with the sad fate of the first attempt to make the movie should watch the superb documentary LOST IN LA MANCHA. Bring kleenex.) “We’re in the final stages of getting the rights to QUIXOTE back,” Terry Gilliam told IGN. And when that happens? “First thing I would do is make one phone call,” Gilliam said. “‘Johnny, when are you available?’ And that would dictate when I do it.”

Does that mean that Johnny Depp, who was to star in the ill-fated first version of THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE, has agreed to return for a new production? According to Gilliam, the answer is yes: “He’s on, he’s on,” the director told IGN, before adding with a laugh, “He’s the man. I hope he’s still my best friend!”

Don’t expect to see any footage from the first shooting once Gilliam gets the cameras rolling again, though. “We have to start anew,” Gilliam explained. “We have to throw it all away. We do have things like costumes stored away [. . .], but everything we shot is gone. It’s such a dangerous thing, because the documentary was so good and people have got so many images in their own head of what the film will be like. Their imagination may be better than what I produce!”

The Zone thanks DeepinDepp for the Gilliam interview; you can read the full interview HERE. We wish Terry Gilliam the best of luck in his battle to recover the rights to QUIXOTE.