Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 10:06PM
Terry Gilliam's tormented production of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote looks like it's finally on solid ground. Hey, it only took about nine years.
Gilliam first began work on Don Quixote back in 2000, but the film got wildly out of control, both because of internal and external influences (a flood ruined sets and actor Jean Rochefort was seriously injured during the production). So the money and the film both vanished. You can watch the documentary Lost in La Mancha to find out more.
But now Gilliam says it's back on, telling Empire, "We're up and running again, we've rewritten the script and finally got it back, the budget's come in." The previous film started with a $40 million budget. Even though it's ten years later, I doubt Gilliam will get that kind of money this time around. In order to make the film, he probably had to compromise.
But that's not the only news. "I think we've found our Quixote," exclaimed the director. "But who's it going to be? Well, I'm not going to tell you, but it'll start next Spring."