It took a while but Terry Gilliam has finally made his Don Quixote film.
How long is a while? Try 19 years. That’s right. When pre-production started on The Man Who Killed Don Quixtoe, Bill Clinton was President, George W. Bush was governor of Texas, Barack Obama was starting his first team in the Illinois State House, and Donald Trump was a real estate developer. Shooting started in 2000 with Jean Rochefort and Johnny Depp in the starring roles but was suspended when the production ran out of money. In 2002, Lost in La Mancha, a documentary about Gilliam’s then-unfinished film, was released.
Gilliam didn’t give up on the film Over the next couple of years, production was started and stalled a number of times. Everyone from Robert Duvall to John Hurt to Ewan McGregor was cast in the film at one time or another. I think most people assumed that the film would never be finished.
Well, those people were wrong. Gilliam’s dream project has finally be completed, with Jonathan Pryce and Adam Driver in the leading roles. It would seem now that the film’s biggest challenge is to live up to all the hype and expectation that comes along with having a 19-year pre-production period.
As for right now, the film does not have an American release date but, yesterday, the first trailer for the French market was released. And here it is!