Posted on Thursday, May 14th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
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.
The filmmaker regained rights to the project earlier this year and Gilliam has reteamed with Tony Grisoni to update the screenplay. According to Variety, the new film will “revolve around a filmmaker” instead of an ad executive, who finds himself unstuck in time, unwittingly travels to 17th century La Mancha, where he participates in the adventures of Don Quixote, who mistakes him for Sancho Panza.
Johnny Depp is in talks to rejoin the film, but the actor doesn’t have many openings and Gilliam wants to begin production next Spring. Depp would play the filmmaker character. The main role of Don Quixote has not yet been cast. I look forward to anything Gilliam, but this is the one film I won’t believe exists until I see it on the big screen for myself. Lets hope it happens.