The first time Terry Gilliam tried to shoot The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, he had stars Johnny Depp and Jean Rochefort. That production ran into myriad difficulties and was shut down (as chronicled by us in other articles and in the doc Lost in La Mancha) but Gilliam is about to try again. Last year he revealed that Rochefort’s role would be played by Robert Duvall. And now we know that Depp’s role will be taken by Ewan McGregor. Read More »


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UPDATE: As was reasonable to suspect, a publicist for Gilliam says that he must have misheard the question, and that Johnny Depp is currently not involved in The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.

The wild, weird saga of Terry Gilliam‘s film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote continues. We’ve recently learned that Robert Duvall will play Don Quixote, a role originally inhabited by Jean Rochefort before the original production of the film was shut down.

The big question lately has been which actor would play the time-traveling character who encounters Quixote and is mistaken for Sancho Panza. Originally he was played by Johnny Depp. But Depp is booked solid these days, and in recent interviews Gilliam has been less than positive about the way the actor’s career is managed. (“Come on. You’ve got the power to make some really good films happen. Why are you doing this shit?” he said to HitFix.) Depp has said he didn’t want to make Gilliam wait for him, and the filmmaker seemed to accept that.

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Robert Duvall Says Terry Gilliam Wants Him For Quixote


Back in October, Terry Gilliam told Empire he thought he’d found his Don Quixote to play in the revised version of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. He refused to reveal the name. Suggestions were that we’d have to wait for some time to discover who he had in mind. But now the actor has come right out and said it — or at least, an actor has come out and said that Gilliam wants him for the role. Robert Duvall, take a bow. Now put on this conquistador armor. Read More »


Terry Gilliam‘s film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has had such a troubled birth that it has become the stuff of cinema legend. The project, once the subject of the great documentary Lost in La Mancha, was famously beset by natural disasters and an incapacitated lead actor when Gilliam originally tried to shoot it in 2000. The director is going to try again, with a new cast and slightly different script. And now he claims he’s got one of the principal actors locked. Read More »


After the break, a video interview in which Terry Gilliam and I discuss The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote and his real plans for adapting Philip K. Dick. But first…

Who doesn’t love Pixar? Okay, apart from Armond White? Not many folk, no? And it seems like Terry Gilliam is as enamored with the powerhouse animation studio as the rest of us. Speaking at a BFI special event career retrospective last Friday night, Gilliam came around to discussing the state of modern animation. After praising Pixar for their films, noting how they are clearly a studio run by “creative people” and not suits, and commenting on how much of the bold political cinema he’s seen recently has been in animated family films, Gilliam also let on that he wants to work for the studio. He revealed that he met Andrew Stanton at the premiere of Wall-E and quite sincerely told him to “hold the door open” for him.

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Despite there still being no public announcement of a US distribution deal for The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Terry Gilliam is still very busy with publicity for the film as well as planning for next year’s second attempt at The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. I’m in hog heaven reading, watching and listening to all of the interviews that are piling up and only hope I can see The Imaginarium sooner rather than later.

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Phil Stubbs of Dreams, the splendid online Terry Gilliam fanzine and forum, has recently had another chance to chat with the master director about his films upcoming, and one definitely no longer approaching. Though Gilliam is still currently working on the PR and sales for The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, he’s also preparing to film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote next spring. His last attempt to mount the production was infamously thwarted by a whole heap of unfortunate coincidences, giving rise to the Tragi-documentary Lost in La Mancha. That time around it starred, or was in the process of starring, Johnny Depp as a commercials director transported into a Cervantes novel. Next time around, however, that most definitely won’t be the case.

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Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

If you’ve never seen Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe’s documentary Lost in La Mancha, you should add it to your list (or Netflix queque) right now. The film chronicles the making of a movie that was never actually completed, Terry Gilliam‘s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.

Over the years, Gilliam has made numerous attempts to bring the story to the big screen, and all of them have failed. His last attempt, which was doomed from the start, starred Johnny Depp, Vanessa Paradis and Jean Rochefort. The production was plagued with sound problems, injuries, and even a flash flood. Production was shut down after a month, and the project shelved. But nine years later, Gilliam is ready to get lost in La Mancha all over again.

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Take that, Diablo Cody.  You’re not the only filmmaker to get the ol’ Connelly one-two.  No, just one day after I reported on Terry Gilliam for the first time, I’ve got reason to do so again. Empire magazine have spoken to the man himself and found out that he’s already started work rewriting The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, ahead of his second mounting of the project later this year.

If you need a refresher, here it is in a nutshell: In the year 2000, Gilliam was making a film; Johnny Depp and Jean Rochefort were the leads; everything went wrong; a few more things went wrong; the last few things went wrong and the film had to be cancelled after just days.  It has all been documented a hundred times over, not least in the wonderful documentary Lost in La Mancha, but now, finally, Gilliam has retrieved the script he wrote with Tony Grisoni and, for the last week, the two of them have been doing a new draft. And, if we believe what the man says, it’s not going to be just a simple polish.

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