Don Quixote Rides Again, Again

So, it looks like Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote may yet find it’s way to the big screen. It’s an interesting take on the massive piece of literature, transporting a 20th century character back in time to meet up with the eccentric knight-errant. The production originally began back in 2000, but the project was scrapped after a legendary confluence of on-set problems, like a flash flood wiping out the set and the title character (Jean Rochefort) falling seriously ill, brought filming to a halt.

But since Johnny Depp is still committed to the film, it might have worked out for the best, seeing as how he’s become such a huge star since then- if, that is, box office receipts are much of a concern. Gillliam has such an overpowering artistic vision that if often smothers the appeal to a broad audience. A perusal through his IMDB biography page shows that he’s definitley not just in it for the money, apparently passing on such movies as Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Forrest Gump, and Troy. It’ll be interesting to see if Johnny Depp’s name is able to pull in audiences the size of which Gilliam hasn’t seen since Twelve Monkeys.

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