After 'getting lost in La Mancha' for 25 years, Terry Gilliam's Don Quixote finally sees the light

Published: 21st May 2018 12:34 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st May 2018 02:53 PM  

Terry Gilliam, the eccentric fillmmaker who made films like 'Brazil' and 'Time Bandits' would have never thought making a film on Cervantes' novel 'Don Quixote' will be a treat for irony. (AP)
The man (first from left) would spend 25 long years trying to make the movie-with different scripts, funding, actors. Finally, 'The Man The Man Who Killed Don Quixote' premiered at the 71st Cannes international film festival on 19 May 2018.
Terry Gilliam, a former member of the Monty Python troupe as well as a celebrated illustrator has spent a three decade career in filmmaking which has prodcued surreal, powerful and often anti-totalitarian works like 'Brazil' (an adaptation of '1984'), '12 Monkeys' and 'The Fisher King'. (AP)
Gilliam's films often exuded the vibe of the power imagination has, and the surreal nature of human mind, which fuels innovation. In image: A set from 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote' (2018). (Twitter)
In 2000, Terry Gilliam had unsuccessfully tried to adapt the 17th century novel as 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote'. The film had Jean Rochefort as Don Quixote and Johnny Depp as Toby Grisoni. (Twitter)
The film revolved around Toby, a 21st century advertising executive who ends up in the world of 'Don Quixote', a 17th century Spanish noble set out to revive chivalry and bring justice to the world. (Twitter)
'The Man Who killed Don Quixote', ended up in deep trouble with production getting delayed, the lead actor Rochefort getting injured as well as many other technical issues. The film was shelved but a brilliant documentary on the making, or rather the failing of an eccentric take on Quixote was recorded in 'Lost in La Mancha.' La Mancha refers to the area in Spain which was immortalised by Cervantes when he descibed the windmills and plains in 'Don Quixote'. (Twitter)
Gilliam tried to revive the film after the debacle. He tried to make 'Don Quixote' again - in 2005 as well as in 2016 with actors like Robert Duvall, Michael Palin and John Hurt, Johnny Depp, Evan McGregor, Jack O'Connell and Adam Driver associated with the project. (Twitter)
Director Terry Gilliam poses for photographers during a photo call for the film 'The Man Who   Killed Don Quixote' at the 71st international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Saturday,  May 19, 2018. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
“I was the victim of Don Quixote, he wouldn’t leave me alone. He stalked me for 24, 25 years,” Gilliam told reportes at the Cannes Film Festival. | AP
The project finally materialised in 2017 when Jonathan Pryce (who starred in the lead role in Gilliam's 'Brazil') and Adam Driver ('Paterson', 'Star Wars: Rogue One') was signed for the roles of Quixote and Toby Grisoni (the ad executive). Olga Kurylenko and Rossy De Palma were also cast.
Jonathan Pryce as Don Quixote in 'The Man Who Killed don Quixote'. (Twitter)
Adam Driver and Jonathan Pryce as Toby Grisoni and Don Quixote in 'The Man Who Killed don Quixote'. (Twitter)
A poster of Terry Gilliam's 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote'. (Twitter)
From left, actors Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce and director Terry Gilliam pose for photographers during a photo call for the film 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote' at the 71st international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Jury member Kristen Stewart poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote' and the closing ceremony of the 71st international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce and Terry Gilliam attending a discussing at the 71st Cannes International Film Festival.
From left, actors Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce and director Terry Gilliam pose for photographers during a photo call for the film 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote' at the 71st international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Director Terry Gilliam, left, and actress Rossy de Palma pose for photographers during a photo call for the film 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote' at the 71st international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Actor Sergi Lopez, from left, director Terry Gilliam and actress Rossy de Palma pose for photographers during a photo call for the film 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote' at the 71st international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Actor Gary Oldman, left, and wife Gisele Schmidt pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote' and the closing ceremony of the 71st international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
Actor Adam Driver poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote' and the closing ceremony of the 71st international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
Adam Driver during the shooting of 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote'. (Twitter)
Actors Jordi Molla, from left, Rossy de Palma, director Terry Gilliam, actors Olga Kurylenko, Adam Driver, Joana Ribeiro and Jonathan Pryce pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote' and the closing ceremony of the 71st international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
Jonathan Pryce as Qon Quixote in Terry Gilliam's 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote'. (Twitter)
A still from 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote'. (Twitter)
Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce in Terry Gilliam's 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote'. (Twitter)
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