Shooting on The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has been postponed due to financing issues. Director Terry Gilliam has revealed that his passion project – which he has been working on for almost two decades – has stalled but he insists it will still go ahead.
Speaking on BBC radio, he said: “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. I am still marching forward and the film isn’t dead. I will be dead before the film is.”
Earlier this year it was revealed that Adam Driver has joined the cast of the movie, based on the novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. He is set to play Toby, an arrogant man who has long waved goodbye to his young, idealistic dream of making films. He unexpectedly comes across a copy of his student film about Quixote and decides to visit the village where it was set. What he finds there horrifies him, as his work has changed the village and he meets a man who now believes he is Don Quixote himself.
John Hurt previously dropped out of playing Quixote and was replaced by Monty Python star Michael Palin in the much-maligned project.
The movie has been in the works since 1998, and Gilliam has tried several times to restart the production.