After countless attempts of bringing the project to the screen, Terry Gilliam has revealed that he has almost finished his final cut of The Man Who Killed Dox Quixote and it could be headed for the south of France in May. He’s tried to make the film for the last 17 years, but now it’s well in the can and could indeed be heading for Cannes.
“Well, we’ve almost finished the cut,” he told The New York Times. “We’re just fiddling now, figuring out a few things here and there so it’s pretty much what it is. We’ve got still months of work to do on visual effects, sound, music. But as far as the tale, it’s pretty tight now and it’s surprisingly wonderful.”
The film sees Jonathan Pryce play the title role, with Adam Driver, Stellan Skarsgård and Olga Kurylenko also featuring. The story revolves around an advertising executive who jumps back and forth in time between 21st century London and 17th century La Mancha, where Don Quixote mistakes him for Sancho Panza.
The project finally went before cameras in March of this year before wrapping in June. This was after another false start in the autumn of 2016 when financing reportedly fell through.
“I always hesitate to get too optimistic or too excited about the work I’m doing,” Gilliam added. “I’d rather try to stay cynical and slightly distant from it. When you fall in love with something, it’s painful when it doesn’t work for everybody else. But all the people who’ve seen it so far — they used the words, “We’re in love with this.” So let’s see if they’re right.”
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