Terry Gilliam To Chase Windmills Once Again

LaMancha“The Brothers Grimm” aside, I tend to believe that Monty Python alumni Terry Gilliam is a cinematic genius. “Brazil” is one of my favorite movies ever bestowed upon mankind, as is “Time Bandits” and the slightly misunderstood “Tideland.” As such, I’m pretty pumped to hear that the director’s long-awaited dream project, “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” is on the fast track to becoming a reality. For those who are a little slow on the uptake, Gilliam’s adventures in Quixoteland were chronicled in Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe’s 2002 documentary “Lost in La Mancha,” a film that should be seen by anyone with a passing interest in how movies are made. I highly recommend checking it out. Good stuff all the way around and back again.

While doing a little PR work for the British premiere of “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,” Gilliam had quite a bit to say about the upcoming production. In fact, he relayed some rather positive information to Empire Online, though it’s still up in the air as to whether or not Johnny Depp will return to star in the feature.

Here’s what Gilliam had to say on the subject:

We’re up and running again, we’ve rewritten the script and finally got it back, the budget’s come in… and I think we’ve found our Quixote! But who’s it going to be? Well, I’m not going to tell you, but it’ll start next Spring.

Who will portray Don Quixote in the film? Looks like he’s keeping that secret pretty close to his chest, but I’ve a feeling this information will come to light very shortly. As long as he actually gets this film in the can and into theaters, I’ll be a happy little nerd. Very happy.