It’s said that all great works take time. However, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’s problem-plagued production has certainly pushed that envelope passed the point where most would give it a rest.
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The film, directed by unorthodox fantasy auteur Terry Gilliam (Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), began shooting in 2000 after nearly 11 years in planning, but quickly ran into obstacles so devastating and elaborate that they warranted a full-length documentary. As the 2002 documentary Lost in La Mancha documents, the production faced nearly every malady imaginable, from a noisy NATO base that interfered with filming to the serious health issues of star Jean Rochefort and even a flash flood that wiped out the set.
Don Quioxte got so bogged down that the film—a modern take on Miguel de Cervantes’s classic with Sci-Fi elements—had to be entirely recast, with Jonathan Pryce (Quixote) and Adam Driver (Toby/Sancho Panza) filling roles previously taken by Rochefort and Johnny Depp.
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After dedicating a fair chunk of 17 years to shooting and reshooting the project, Gilliam is overjoyed that production has finally wrapped. “Don Quixote is a dreamer, an idealist, and a romantic, determined not to accept the limitations of reality, marching on regardless of setbacks, as we have done,” Gilliam wrote on Facebook. “Muchas gracias to all the team and believers. QUIXOTE VIVE!”
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