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Terry Gilliam stalls Don Quixote movie again

Director Terry Gilliam’s problem-plagued Don Quixote movie has hit another snag.
The former Monty Python star has been trying to make The Man Who Killed Don Quixote for almost two decades, but set disasters, scheduling conflicts, cast issues and financial problems have prevented him from completing the ambitious project.
And now he reveals money is the issue again and he has been forced to postpone filming.
“I had this producer, a Portuguese chap, who claimed he’d get all the money together in time,” Terry tells the BBC, “and a few weeks ago, he proved that he didn’t have the money.”
But Gilliam isn’t giving up on his passion project, adding, “I am still marching forward and the film isn’t dead. I will be dead before the film is.”
Earlier this year (16), it was revealed Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Adam Driver had joined the cast of the movie, loosely based on Miguel de Cervantes’ 17th century novel about an eccentric Spanish nobleman.
John Hurt and French actor Jean Rochefort previously dropped out of playing Quixote in the film and they were replaced by Gilliam’s Monty Python pal Michael Palin. Ewan McGregor and Johnny Depp were also previously attached to the film.
In April (16), the filmmaker announced shooting on the long-postponed project would begin this autumn (16), and at a Cannes Film Festival press conference in May (16), Terry admitted he felt good about finally completing the doomed project.
“There have been so many versions of this story in my mind and it changes with each cast,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “Finally we have the perfect cast. Driver is the guy I’ve been looking for all these years. Thank God for Star Wars, Adam Driver is bankable!”
Former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko has also been added to the cast.
The misfortunes Gilliam has encountered over the years have included flash floods and an injury to actor Jean Rochefort, which ended filming on the 2000 Johnny Depp version, and a lengthy legal wrangle with an insurance company over ownership of the script. The filmmaker was forced to halt production last year (15) when his then-Don Quixote, Hurt, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
The project is so notoriously ill-fated, a documentary, titled Lost In La Mancha, was made about the aborted 2000 attempt to make the film.

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