By Jason Abdow
Comedian and director, Terry Gilliam, has been working on the film, “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” for over a decade. Now, he has added former Bond girl, Olga Kurylenko to the cast. The cast already includes Adam Driver and Glliam’s “Monty Python” co-star, Michael Palin. The project, which Gilliam has been promoting in Cannes, is hoping to begin production sometime in October. Filming is expected to take place in Spain, Portugal, and the Canary Islands.
This is not Gilliam’s first attempt to bring this story to the silver screen. Originally, in 2002, the film was given a larger budget and was set to star Johnny Depp. This became ill-fated, as documented in “Lost in La Mancha” which showed the many terrible incidents that ruined the production. This included lead actor Jean Rochefort suffering a heart attack and the set being washed away in a flash flood.
The screenplay, which was co-written by Gilliam and Tony Grisoni, is set in present day London and revolves around an advertising executive named Toby (Driver) who somehow ends up in 17th century La Mancha. Don Quixote, played by Palin, mistakes Toby as his friend Sancho Panza.
There is no official release date set for the film, but hopes are that it will release 2017.
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