The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is the film which writer/director Terry Gilliam (Time Bandits) has been trying to make for 30 years, originally starring Johnny Depp in the role of Toby, who has now been cast with Adam Driver, while Jonathan Pryce plays Don Quixote.
With so many problems along the way, this even led to Gilliam’s documentary, Lost in La Mancha, originally a ‘making of’ but ended up being a standalone movie, and was released in 2002.
Toby, a cynical advertising director finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker who believes himself to be Don Quixote. In the course of their comic and increasingly surreal adventures, Toby is forced to confront the tragic repercussions of a film he made in his idealistic youth – a film that changed the hopes and dreams of a small Spanish village forever. Can Toby make amends and regain his humanity? Can Don Quixote survive his madness and imminent death? Or will love conquer all?
As for how it finally looks… it’s a bit of a mess, based on this trailer, but given how long he’s been taking to make it, it’s still a must-see.
Screenplay: Terry Gilliam, Tony Grisoni
Also stars: Will Keen, Jason Watkins, Paloma Bloyd, Stellan Skarsgård, Olga Kurylenko, Jordi Mollà, Rossy de Palma
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is released just for one night on April 10th, it seems, but that can’t be right, surely? After all this time, it comes down to just one night?
Check out the trailer below:
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