Yes, it’s true. After over 17 years and what seemed like a cursed run of setbacks, Terry Gilliam has actually finished filming The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.
Gilliam, the former Monty Python team member known for Brazil, Twelve Monkeys and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, started working on this project way back in 1989. He eventually started filming the project with Johnny Depp in the lead in 2000, but that production infamously went downhill. The production’s demise was captured in the acclaimed 2002 documentary Lost in La Mancha.
Well, it’s done. It’s actually done!
“Don Quixote is a dreamer, an idealist, and a romantic, determined not to accept the limitations of reality, marching on regardless of setbacks, as we have done,” Gilliam has said in a statement announcing the completion of shooting.
“We’ve been at it so long that the idea of actually finishing shooting this ‘clandestine’ film is pretty surreal. Any sensible person would have given up years ago, but sometimes pig-headed dreamers win in the end, so thank you to all of the ill-paid fantasists and believers who have joined to make this longstanding dream a reality!’”
The filmmaker also took to Facebook with the image above, saying:
Sorry for the long silence. I’ve been busy packing the truck and am now heading home. After 17 years, we have completed the shoot of THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE.
Muchas gracias to all the team and believers. QUIXOTE VIVE!
Inspired by the 1600s literary classic written by Miguel De Cervantes, the film tells the story of a deluded old man who is convinced he is the hero from the novel and believes an advertising exec is actually Sancho Panza, his trusty squire. The cast includes Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce, Stellan Skarsgard and Olga Kurylenko.
Amazon Studios will be distributing the film in the US, Canada and the U.K. No release date has been announced as yet.