Never one to give up, director Terry Gilliam (Brazil) may yet make his notorious adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote. The seemingly un-filmable novel has destroyed the careers of other directors, like Orson Welles, and nearly bankrupted Gilliam the first time he tried to get it off the ground.
That first attempt by the director was chronicled in the fantastic documentary Lost in La Mancha, and by all accounts, the project was thought dead. However, Gilliam is now hinting that he may yet revive the film. In an interview with Coming Soon, the director said that he’s going to tilt at the windmill for the, get this, seventh time.
“I think this is the seventh time. Lucky seven, maybe. We’ll see if it happens. This is kind of my default position, going back to that. I actually just want to make it and get rid of it. Get it out of my life.”
In an interview with The Playlist, he was asked about his thoughts on the documentary Lost in La Mancha, and he had this to say:
“I keep drifting back to it, lured back by the siren song of ‘Don Quixote.’ I’m glad the documentary got made because I think it’s really quite wonderful. There’s something about it because I’ve always been intrigued by ruins as opposed to finished buildings,” he explained. “There may be a film in people’s minds based on the few bits of the ruin that still stands, that is a better film than the one I might make, if ever I do.”
While there is no official cast or start date announced just yet (Gilliam is still hard at work putting the finishing touches on his upcoming film The Zero Theorem), I can’t help but to hope that this time Don Quixote will come to fruition, for Gilliam’s sake at least.
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