The business of making movies can sometimes be complicated, and such is the case for Terry Gilliam and his passion project, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.
This film has been on the Monty Python writer's mind for awhile now, but he can't seem to get the movie to production. At the Cannes Film Festival, he announced the project would begin production in October. Another hang up has seemed to block his path.
The delay is no fault of Gilliam's though, one of his producers apparently lied about having the budget taken care of. In a BBC Radio 2 interview with Jonathon Ross, Gilliam gave the scoop about the delay.
"I was supposed to start to be shooting it starting next Monday. It’s been slightly delayed,” Gilliam told Ross. “I had this producer, a Portuguese chap, who claimed he’d get all the money together in time. And a few weeks ago, he proved that he didn’t have the money. So we are still marching forward. It is not dead. I will be dead before the film is.”
While the movie has yet to start production, it seems to have some solid building blocks.
Adam Driver, of Girls and Star Wars fame, was cast in the lead role, with Stellan Skarsgard and Olga Kurylenko supporting him. Gilliam will also serve as both writer and director, roles he has found great success in.
The film follows the story of a young filmmaker, played by Driver, who decides to make a movie based on the classic Spanish book, The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha. He films his movie in a small Spanish town and thinks it's a wrap. When he returns to the town after the film's release, he learns that everything isn't as it seems.
This story sounds like a journey into the complexity of the human condition, but should bring the laughs, given Gilliam's history in comedy. In addition to his work with Monty Python, Gilliam wrote Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, and directed The Brothers Grimm.