The Wrap is reporting that Terry Gilliam, famed director and one of the founding members of Monty Python, has wrapped production on his movie The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, the movie he has been trying to film since the early 2000’s. Initially starring Johnny Depp, who had starred in Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas for Gilliam, the movie saw a number of setbacks which saw production halted. A documentary on the initial filming was created called Lost In La Mancha detailed the reasons why the movie failed. The new movie stars Adam Driver and Jonathan Pryce as Don Quixote.
Terry Gilliam is a great director but I’d be the first to admit that his work is not for everyone. He’s had some main stream hits with movies like Time Bandits and 12 Monkeys but most of his work, while visually amazing, don’t have the appeal that will connect with a mass audience. He’s a niche director. He’s important because I can almost guarantee that any director you can think of off the top of your head in recent years has been inspired by Gilliam’s work. But again, that doesn’t translate to Gilliam’s work connecting with a mass audience. So the big question to ask is, will people want to see this movie or will it end up like Guns ‘N Roses Chinese Democracy, a project that had years of hype yet failed to deliver when finally released.
Another question to consider is whether a filmmaker of his caliber will even have his work reach movie theaters. LRM reported that David Lynch, another incredible director, will no longer be making movies because Hollywood is not financing risky movies. If the movie in development is not a sequel, a reboot, or based on an already established intellectual property, chances are it won’t be made. Again, Gilliam’s films aren’t for everyone. Yet we need filmmakers like him to expand the language of filmmaking.
So what do you think? Are you excited to hear that The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has wrapped filming? Sound off in the comments section below.
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SOURCE: The Wrap