Terry Gilliam is giving The Man Who Killed Don Quixote another shot, adding former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko to a cast that includes Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Adam Driver and the director’s Monty Python buddy Michael Palin. Producer Paolo Branco is also aboard through his production banner Alfama Films. Gilliam was in Cannes to tub-thump the project, which he hopes will begin production in October through the end of the year. The European co-production will aim to shoot in Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands.
Gilliam co-wrote the script with Tony Grisoni, with the project’s budget pegged at €17 million. That’s about half of what Gilliam was aiming for when he first started shooting the project in 2002, when Johnny Depp was involved. That ill-fated attempt was memorably captured in the feature documentary Lost In La Mancha, which cataloged the series of catastrophes that hit the production, including leading man Jean Rochefort having a heart attack and the set being washed away in a flash flood.
Palin is set to play Don Quixote and Driver, in what had been Depp’s role, is an advertising executive who’is mistaken by Quixote for his friend Sancho Panza. The film is set entirely in the present day.
Co-production partners include Leopardo Films (Portugal), Tornasol Films (Spain) and Entre Chien et Loup (Belgium).