Terry Gilliam has been rattling your brain, breaking your heart, and unnerving your system for decades with films like Brazil, 12 Monkeys, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. And now thanks to a deal with Amazon Studios, the Monty Python alum is about to do it again with The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, the film he’s lovingly referred to as “my madness.”
There’s a good chance you’ve already heard of the film. It’s been somewhat of a fabled Hollywood legend after becoming the subject of Lost In La Mancha, the celebrated 2002 documentary about Gilliam’s despairing attempt to make the movie when it was to star Johnny Depp and Jean Rochefort.
Now backed with funding and distribution, after more than its fair share of false starts, the movie will shoot early next year with Jack O’Connell and John Hurt as the two leads. The sudden turnaround here should be applauded, given that Deadline only reported the deal with Amazon last month. Meanwhile, Gilliam, who’s had a long, complicated relationship with Hollywood, is ready for full steam ahead.
“I’m intrigued by their way of doing,” Gilliam told The Playlist. “They go into the cinemas first and then a month or two afterwards they go into streaming. And I think that’s good because you get a chance to see it on the big screen, and yet I know that more people have seen my films on DVD than they have in the cinemas and that’s the reality of life now.”
Gilliam added, “They’re not a bureaucracy that has been around for years like the studio system, and so they’re full of people that are open to new and fresh ideas. So it’s a good time to be working with people like that.”
Fingers crossed this next start is the project’s last.