Terry Gilliam will not give up. A decade after his attempt at making The Man Who Killed Don Quixote spectacularly fell apart (wonderfully documented in Lost in La Mancha), he’s at it again, teaming up with producer Jeremy Thomas to take another stab at the film.
“I’m not so much a filmmaker as someone who gets possessed by an idea
and it doesn’t leave me until I make the film,” Gilliam told Variety. “I commit myself to it so fully.”
Gilliam is predictably hoping to get Johnny Depp back for his second round of Don Quixote, set to film in the spring. If the actor’s schedule permits I’ll bet good money he comes back; I imagine Depp as the kind of guy who would find something like this irresistible.
There’s still the matter of Gilliam’s new film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. I’ve been hearing some deeply, deeply negative buzz about the film; if Gilliam has followed the dismally awful Tideland with a movie just as unreleasable, what does this mean for Don Quixote?