Quixotic (adj) quix·ot·ic \kwik-ˈsä-tik\
Foolishly impractical especially in the pursuit of ideals; exceedingly idealistic; unrealistic and impractical.
-- Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Despite substantial evidence suggesting that the entire universe - and perhaps even God himself - stands in opposition to The Man Who Killed Don Quixote ever getting made, director Terry Gilliam has once again slated the perpetually-doomed project as his next film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he's even secured $18m in financing to make it happen.
On the one hand, we love Terry Gilliam, and if The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is something he feels that he absolutely needs to do, then we want to be supportive of that pursuit. On the other hand, it's hard not to look at The Man Who Killed Don Quixote as the Gilliam passion project to end all Gilliam passion projects. I mean that literally: how much time, effort, and other would-be Gilliam films have been cast aside in favor of trying to make Quixote happen?
Gilliam's closest attempt to getting the film made occurred back in 2001, and was documented - in painfully frustrating detail - in the 2002 documentary Lost In La Mancha (see trailer below). In the decade since, Gilliam's made several attempts to get The Man Who Killed Don Quixote off the ground, only to have all of them blow up in his face. Will this latest iteration, which will allegedly star John Hurt and Unbroken star Jack O'Connell, be the one that finally makes it through production?
If you're the betting type, you know what to do. If you're the hopeful type, please keep your fingers crossed for Terry Gilliam. He may be nuts, but it'd be really nice to see him make this dream come true.