Don Quixote rides again? New interest in reviving Terry Gilliam's ill-fated THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE

As Terry Gilliam stopped by the Cannes Film Festival to promote his upcoming film, THE BROTHERS GRIMM, his interviews were studded with references to his great unfinished project, THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE. Gilliam had filming underway several years ago, with Johnny Depp as Toby Grosini and Jean Rochefort as Don Quixote, but a series of disasters, brilliantly chronicled in the documentary LOST IN LA MANCHA, shut down the production. Now Gilliam hopes the project can be revived. “For the past two and a half years, I’ve been going through hoops trying to get [my property] back,” Gilliam told the GUARDIAN. “That’s what I want to do next. In the autumn, Johnny Depp will be finished with PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 2: he’ll have made so much money, he’ll have time and he’ll be available next spring. Let’s go to work.”

Gilliam, who directed Johnny as Raoul Duke in the classic FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, concedes that Johnny’s ascension to the A-list has tremendously increased the likelihood that THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE will be filmed. Gilliam already has a producer lined up: Peter Watson, chief executive of Recorded Picture Company, has confirmed his interest in the film: “We are attempting mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on the corpse of Don Quixote,” Watson said. The Zone thanks neophyte, emma and sleepy for posting articles about Terry Gilliam on the news board. You can read them HERE and HERE.

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