The cursed production of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is legendary, to the point that there's even a full-length documentary about Terry Gilliam's attempts to make the movie with Johnny Depp in 2000 (with pre-production stretching back to '98). Yet there's nothing better than a great filmmaker tossing off the chains that've kept him bound and down, and we truly hope Gilliam has finally done just that, as Don Quixote is in post-production (featuring a new cast that includes Adam Driver and Jonathan Pryce), with only a little more work needed until its finished.
According to an interview Gilliam just gave to the New York Times, it sounds like this near-twenty-years-in-the-making passion project is almost complete:
“Well, we’ve almost finished the cut. We’re just fiddling now, figuring out a few things here and there so it’s pretty much what it is. We’ve got still months of work to do on visual effects, sound, music. But as far as the tale, it’s pretty tight now and it’s surprisingly wonderful."
However, just like the rest of us, Gilliam isn't quite ready to start celebrating until The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is 100% locked and other folks are pleased with the results:
"I always hesitate to get too optimistic or too excited about the work I’m doing. I’d rather try to stay cynical and slightly distant from it. When you fall in love with something, it’s painful when it doesn’t work for everybody else. But all the people who’ve seen it so far — they used the words, ‘We’re in love with this.’ So let’s see if they’re right.”
For those unaware of the movie's storyline, it follows an arrogant publicist returning to the village where he shot his student film adaptation of Don Quixote. He discovers the terrible effect his project had on the town, leading to an unlikely adventure.
The fact that The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is even screening for those in Gilliam's close circle is a great sign. The producers are apparently aiming to have the movie ready for next year's Cannes Film Fest, where it will undoubtedly be a momentous occasion when the lights go down and the first public audience gets to lay eyes on this notoriously troubled project. Fingers crossed for Gilliam.