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Terry Gilliam Says He's Going To Attempt 'Don Quixote'... Again...

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist November 18, 2013 at 10:27AM

Over the summer, we got a chance to chat with the amiable Terry Gilliam, and we asked him how he felt about "Lost In La Mancha," the documentary chronicle of his failed attempt to make "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote," particularly as it has shined a fairly powerful light on one of his most enduring projects, one that is still yet to be made. "I keep drifting back to it, lured back by the siren song of 'Don Quixote.' I’m glad the documentary got made because I think it’s really quite wonderful. There’s something about it because I’ve always been intrigued by ruins as opposed to finished buildings," he explained. "There may be a film in people's minds based on the few bits of the ruin that still stands, that is a better film than the one I might make, if ever I do." And God bless him, he's going to try it... Again...
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Terry Gilliam Don Quixote

Over the summer, we got a chance to chat with the amiable Terry Gilliam, and we asked him how he felt about "Lost In La Mancha," the documentary chronicle of his failed attempt to make "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote," particularly as it has shined a fairly powerful light on one of his most enduring projects, one that is still yet to be made. "I keep drifting back to it, lured back by the siren song of 'Don Quixote.' I’m glad the documentary got made because I think it’s really quite wonderful. There’s something about it because I’ve always been intrigued by ruins as opposed to finished buildings," he explained. "There may be a film in people's minds based on the few bits of the ruin that still stands, that is a better film than the one I might make, if ever I do." And God bless him, he's going to try it... Again...

Despite saying he was about ready to give up on the whole thing, that siren song calls as the director has once again declared that he will try and mount 'Quixote' one more time. "I'm going to try to do 'Don Quixote' again," Gilliam told ComingSoon. "I think this is the seventh time. Lucky seven, maybe. We'll see if it happens. This is kind of my default position, going back to that. I actually just want to make it and get rid of it. Get it out of my life." 

The film has been through no shortage of ups and downs, the most famous of them being of course, the attempted version with Johnny Depp and Jean Rochefort. Then there was a mooted version with Ewan McGregor and Robert Duvall that never came to pass, as the movie has moved through fits and starts, and on again/off again status over the years. Will this be the time when the stars finally align and Gilliam can finally make the movie he's been dreaming of? Well, the fates haven't been with him thus far, but maybe luck will finally be with him this time.

As for his most recent movie, "The Zero Theorem," there's no release date or U.S. distributor yet despite some festival dates this fall. But we presume we'll see it some way or another in 2014.

This article is related to: The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, Terry Gilliam


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