Terry Gilliam’s vision of Don Quixote is still alive, and looks to be a heading to Amazon as part of a multi-picture deal Gilliam struck with the company.
In an interview with The Playlist, Gilliam said his version of the story, to be called The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, will begin filming in 2016. Amazon confirmed the news as well, so let’s hope the film will actually come to fruition this time.
“I’m intrigued by their [Amazon’s] way of doing it,” Gilliam told Playlist in the interview. “They go into the cinemas first and then a month or two afterwards they go into streaming. And I think that’s good because you get a chance to see it on the big screen, and yet I know that more people have seen my films on DVD than they have in the cinemas and that’s the reality of life now.”
Terry Gilliam has tried to make a Don Quixote film for about twenty years. Going back to the late 90s, Gilliam was actually in the middle of filming an adaptation starring Johnny Depp, but the project fell apart in epic fashion, so much so that the story of the film’s failure is more polar than the movie could ever imagine.
Gilliam has said Depp will not be involved this time around, but in a brilliant casting decision, he has recruited John Hurt to play Don Quixote. Jack O’Connell has also been cast in an unnamed role, possibly as Sancho.
Amazon signing Terry Gilliam to a movie deal is another bold move by the company, who has already recruited the likes of Spike Lee and Woody Allen. Also, along with this news of Terry Gilliam was the name Jim Jarmusch, who has signed his own Amazon deal. Amazon is steely moving up the ranks of an entertainment mecca for consumers, and hopefully The Man Who Killed Don Quixote will be the success Terry Gilliam always envisioned.