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Terry Gilliam Making Umpteenth Tilt at ‘Don Quixote’ Windmill, Possibly with John Hurt Starring

Written by on May 15, 2014 

It was just this past November when Terry Gilliam announced another attempt to essentially rid himself of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote; following this, January saw the release of some new concept art that, while not a huge reveal in and of itself, had the benefit of being an update that wasn’t a vague comment about casting or trade report announcing that things were to be shut down once more. Running in opposition to the common trend on this project, then, is a Variety story telling us the helmer and producer Adrian Guerra (Sean Penn-starrer The Gunman, Red Lights) are taking benefit of new tax laws and the like to raise money, with an early 2015 production start being eyed.

The notice that Gilliam will soon court actors is one thing; more promising is a comment from John Hurt, who recently revealed that the part is his for the taking. Possibly filling the never-filled shoes of Jean Rochefort and Robert Duvall as Don Quixote himself, he’d be joined by… well, somebody, but Ewan McGregor had left years ago, while former star Johnny Depp made the odd gesture of setting up a separate project at Disney. Is this to be a sign that he’s done with one particular iteration? That much remains to be seen. Regardless, the notice of a rewrite on this unique spin on Miguel de Cervantes‘s text — instead of an ad man who travels back to the days of Quixote, mistaken for Sacho Panza, it now follows “a commericals director who is confused with Sancho Panza by a deluded actor who played Don Quixote in a movie the exec once shot” — signals a rejuvenated storyteller. After so long, it should count for something.

Nostromo Pictures and Jeremy Thomas’ Recorded Picture Co. are supporting the project, thus taking up an endeavor that has never turned out poorly for anyone.

Do you hope to see The Man Who Killed Don Quixote arrive in theaters? Do you think it even will?

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