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Depp back in Quixote?

12.18.2009

It's been about a decade since fate slapped the shit out of Terry Gilliam's THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE (as seen in the documentary LOST IN LA MANCHA). The project has slowly been struggling back to life, but it seems like it's about to get a hefty zap from the defibrillator. Clear!

After a giant question mark hovering over the whole thing, it sounds like Gilliam managed to lure his original star Johnny Depp back (which should certainly help with financing), judging from this exchange at the end of a lengthy Paste interview:

Paste: Between such tentative projects as GOOD OMENS, THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE and the Gorillaz feature, what do you have on the horizon that you can talk about?
Gilliam: There’s a couple others as well, but QUIXOTE is what we’re working on at the moment. Hopefully that’ll get up and running next year.

Paste: Is it still going to have Johnny Depp in it?
Gilliam: Yeah, and I rewrote the script. Robert Duvall has agreed to play Quixote. I’m really excited. So it’s all that business of funding now
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The story is loosely based on the classic Cervantes tale of a quirky old Spaniard, and follows an obnoxious advertising exec who gets hurled back through time where he meets Don Quixote, and ends up becoming his sidekick Sancho Panza for various adventures.

Extra Tidbit: Hope Depp has a good luck charm. Given Gilliam's ongoing and escalating misfortune, I dread whatever tragedy hits this time...
Source: Paste

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