Terry Gilliam hasn't been able to catch an easy break in the last decade, but the mad scientist filmmaker behind "Brazil" and former Monty Python star apparently cannot be stopped. First, his budget ran off a cliff alongside injury and natural disaster in 2000 with his epic re-imagining of Don Quixote, forcing the film's production to a halt. Then, with scenes still left to be filmed in his Heath Ledger and Verne Troyer vehicle "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" the leading actor's death threatened to kill a second Gilliam film in a row.
Now, after saving "Doctor Parnassus," Gilliam is officially returning to finish "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote," and he sounds even more determined than ever.
“Tony [Grisoni] and I have started rewriting 'Don Quixote' just this last week," Gilliam told Empire. "I re-read the greatest script ever written and realize we gotta get rewriting! I really wanna knock that one out in the next month or so.”
Originally slated to star Johnny Depp, there are obviously bigger obstacles to tackle reassembling a cast and resuming production for the quirky dream project, but Gilliam remains confident.
“[I’m] starting to think I was lucky, because maybe the film will be better seven years later," he said. "It will have matured a bit longer.”
Gilliam vowed to begin again on "Quixote" last year after securing the film's rights from the insurance company who paid out $15 million as the result of a flash flood destroying the original set.
No word the film's cast yet, but given Gilliam's gumption lately, there is definitely reason to believe snagging Depp back to star isn't outside the realm of possibility.
Do you think Gilliam will be able get Johnny Depp back to finish "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote"? After finishing "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" in the wake of Heath Ledger's death, is there anything he can't do as a director? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.