Nineteen years in the making, Terry Gilliam’s long delayed, developed-in-hell The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is finally finished, according to sources. The quirky director has tried to make the film a whopping eight times over two decades, leading to it becoming one of the most infamous projects trapped in development hell. But now The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, based on the 1605 novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, is seeing the light of day.
The last and thankfully final attempt began early 2017, with a cast consisting of Jonathan Pryce (Pirates of the Caribbean, The New World, GI Joe, Game of Thrones) as Don Quixote, Adam Driver (Girls, Star Wars) as Toby Grisoni and Olga Kurylenko, Stellan Skarsgard, Oscar Jaenada, Rossy de Palma and Jason Watkins in supporting roles.
The fantasy-adventure-comedy is set in present day and follows Driver’s character who is shooting a commercial and comes across a copy of his old student film, a re-telling of the famous Don Quixote story. This leads him back to the old Spanish village where he shot the film, causing Grisoni to undergo a series of catastrophic events and adventures.
My take: Interesting but I’m not much a fan of Gilliam. I did love 12 Monkeys, but that’s it. Perhaps I should see his Brazil and Time Bandits again to appreciate his work more closely. Regardless, the documentary Lost in La Mancha is probably more entertaining and ironically, more like the foibles and failures of Don Quixote, than the fictional movie itself.