Tuesday 16 July 2019

Gilliam begins casting for Quixote

Terry Gilliam is looking for a new star for The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
Terry Gilliam is looking for a new star for The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

Terry Gilliam has begun casting for his resurrected project The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.

The Monty Python star revealed earlier this year he was to make another attempt to shoot the film which he first began working on 15 years ago.

Terry and top Spanish producer Adrian Guerra, who worked on Ryan Reynolds thriller Buried, are set to meet with actors this week, Adrian told Variety.

The film is due to begin shooting in early 2015 in the Canary Islands,

The current script is a complete rewrite of the version Terry was forced to abandon in 2010 after losing financial backing.

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote first went into production in 2000 starring Jean Rochefort as Quixote and Johnny Depp as an advertising exec who travels back in time to seventeenth century La Mancha where he is mistaken by Don Quixote for Sancho Panza.

That version was shut down after the shoot was plagued by disasters including a flash flood and Jean suffering a double-disc hernia. The failed attempt to make the film featured in the acclaimed 2002 documentary Lost In La Mancha.

The 2010 version had Robert Duvall and Ewan McGregor attached to the lead roles and followed a commercials director who is confused with Sancho Panza by a deluded actor who played Don Quixote in a movie they once worked on together.

Speaking of his latest endeavour in February this year, Terry said: "It's my default position basically! So we're trying to do it again, I'm hoping this year.

"So I've been down-looking locations again. We always rewrite it, each time I start again we do rewrites and change it. So I wouldn't say it's exactly autobiographical but it incorporates life that I've lived.

"I don't take time any more, I just go for it. I've lived with it too long - the best thing is to jump in."

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