After many, many false starts and abrupt cancelations, it finally sounds like Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is going to happen.
IndieWire (by way of Flickreel) says that filming begins this fall, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Adam Driver taking on the role that formerly belonged to Johnny Depp. In the Quixote role (once earmarked for the last Sir John Gielgud): Gilliam's former Monty Python co-hort, Michael Palin.
IndieWire also has an unusually detailed plot description for us:
Driver will play Toby, an arrogant publicist who as a young film student decided to shoot a film adaptation of the story of Don Quixote in a Spanish village. Palin will play the title character.
The story will center on Toby, who has now become libidinous and jaded with money and glitter corrupting his life. When he finishes filming an ad in Spain, a mysterious gypsy comes to find him with an old copy of his student film. Upset by her discovery, he goes back to the village where he shot the film only to discover with horror that his project has had a terrible effect on the quiet place. Angelica, who was once a sweet innocent girl has now become a high-class call girl and the old man who played Don Quixote lost his mind and is convinced in his delusion of being the real "Knight of the Sorrowful Countenance."
Believe it or not, there's another paragraph worth of plot details over at IndieWire, but in the interest of not spelling out 75% of the film, I think we can go ahead and leave it at that. Rest assured that The Man Who Killed Don Quixote will contain all the whimsy, weirdness, and bizarre creatures Gilliam's work is known for. Let's just hope the production doesn't experience any of the wacky Acts Of God that have also been hallmarks of Gilliam's career.
Assuming all goes according to plan, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote should be filming by the end of the year. We'll keep ya posted.