It’s been a long time coming but Terry Gilliam’s seventeen-year wait to make The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is coming to a close according to the director.
After production began in March this year after a five-month delay due to financial issues on Gilliam’s passion project his final cut is almost finished with just a score and VFX to be added, Gilliam confirmed this in a recent interview with the New York Times.
“Well, we’ve almost finished the cut,” he told The New York Times. “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.”
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote tells the story of a deluded old man who is convinced he is Don Quixote, and who mistakes Toby, an advertising executive, for his trusty squire, Sancho Panza. The pair embarks on a bizarre journey, jumping back and forth in time between the 21st and magical 17th century. The film sees’s Jonathan Pryce, Stellan Skarsgaard and Olga Kurylenko joining Driver on the cast.
After initially starting work on the project in 1989, Gilliam collaborated on the screenplay with his Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas collaborator Tony Grisono, he is also reunited with Jonathan Pryce after having worked with him back 1985 on Brazil.
Gilliam has already stated that he will be premiering the film at Cannes 2018.