The documentary, "Lost In LaMancha" is one of my favorite examples of what can happen to even the most experienced and diligent of filmmakers. It shows the work of director Terry Gilliam attempting to film "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" a production that encounters an unbelievable amount of set-backs: Spanish military jets thunder through the sky, actors get injured, and downright acts of God literally changed the landscape of the location Gilliam was attempting to film in. The end result is a broken and defeated filmmaker forced to scrap a pet project he's been trying to make for decades.
A few days ago Empire Movie News reported that fresh from wrapping photography on "The Imagniarium of Dr. Parnassus" a film also plagued with set-backs (like its lead actor, Heath Ledger dying), Gilliam is again pressing his luck and working on a new script for Don Quixote.
Much legal wrangling with the insurers ensued, before rights to the script were eventually ceded back to Gilliam and writing partner Tony Grisoni (Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas). “Tony and I have started rewriting Don Quixote just this last week. [We] finally got the script back. I re-read the greatest script ever written and realise we gotta get rewriting! I really wanna knock that one out in the next month or so.”
Can Gilliam push his luck and finally will this film into being? If he can pull it off, it will be a testament to the fortitude and sheer determination that the man possesses.
Principal photography is hoped to start some time later this year. We'll keep you posted.