Photo: Terry Gilliam
American-born British actor and director Terry Gilliam, a member of the Monty Python comedy troupe, said Thursday he was planning to film his long-awaited adaptation of “Don Quixote” in Spain’s Canary Islands, a project he has unsuccessfully tried to complete on two other occasions.
During a press conference to announce a Monty Python reunion show in London’s O2 Arena next July, three decades after the group’s last film, “The Meaning of Life,” Gilliam said he was continuing his 13-year-old quest to make “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” a film adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes’ masterpiece.
He said plans were for filming to take place in Spain’s Canary Islands, but did not provide further details.
In 2000, Gilliam began shooting his version of the Spanish Golden Age classic in northern Spain, directing a cast that included Johnny Depp (Sancho), Vanessa Paradis (Dulcinea) and Jean Rochefort (Quixote), but a series of incidents - including military jets flying overhead and flash floods - forced its cancellation.
A second attempt at the project in 2008, with Robert Duvall in the role of Don Quixote, was scrapped after funding collapsed.