Tuesday 17 October 2017

Gilliam loses Don Quixote financing

Terry Gilliam was due to be filming Don Quixote this month
Terry Gilliam was due to be filming Don Quixote this month

Terry Gilliam's attempts to make his film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote have been delayed yet again, after his financial backers pulled out.

The 69-year-old director has been trying to film a modern adaptation of Miguel Cervantes' hapless Spanish hero for more than 10 years and now his latest attempt has ground to a halt on the eve of shooting, he revealed to Variety at the Deauville American Film Festival.

Gilliam explained: "The financing collapsed about a month and a half ago - I shouldn't be here, the plan was to be shooting 'Quixote' right now."

He went on: "Robert Duval is Quixote, Ewan McGregor is also there, and we are looking for new financing right now."

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus' first attempt to make the film, starring Johnny Depp, collapsed due to a number of problems including lead actor Jean Rochefort falling ill, military planes flying over the set ruining the sound, and there was even a flood on the set.

Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe made a documentary about Gilliam's failed attempt to make the film in 2002, called Lost in La Mancha.

By the time Gilliam had got the money and insurance together to begin shooting again this year, Depp had other commitments and the director was forced to recast his role, finding newcomer Duval to replace him.

But he insists he still does not believe in the "curse of Quixote."

He said: "Don Quixote gives me something to look forward to, always. Maybe the most frightening thing is to actually make the film."

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