The last we heard, Terry Gilliam’s appropriately Quixotic-like quest to make his passion project The Man Who Killed Don Quixote was approaching its eighth attempt at getting made. Starting and stopping seven times over the course of nearly 20 years, Gilliam’s film long ago entered the annals of “movies that will never happen” and “staggering cinematic disasters.” The film’s seemingly doomed production even spawned its own documentary, Lost In La Mancha, back in 2002, and that was only four years into its fraught history.
In November of last year, Gilliam told Variety that he had really, really, for real, okay, this time for sure found a way to turn Miguel de Cervantes’ classic novel into a feature film that people could actually watch, in full, for real, no, seriously. The latest incarnation is set to star Jack O’Connell as a modernized hero, the “jaded commericals director” Toby, a role that has seen talents like Johnny Depp and Ewan McGregor come and go over the years.
Back in February, FilmDivider snapped a picture of a sales poster for the project, one that boasted the attachment of both O’Connell and John Hurt (set to play Quixote), an August production start, and a May 2016 release date. At the time, the project was seeking additional funding at Berlin’s EFM, and that money may have come from a cash-packed new source.
Weeks ago, Deadline reported that both Gilliam and Jim Jarmusch had inked new deals with Amazon Studios to make movies for the fledgling production arm of the online retail giant. Now it seems that some of that sweet Amazon cash will help finance The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Gilliam tells The Playlist that Amazon will partly finance the feature, in addition to serving as the film’s distributor, making the feature available both in theaters and on Amazon.
“I’m intrigued by their way of doing it,” Gilliam told the outlet. “They go into the cinemas first and then a month or two afterwards they go into streaming. And I think that’s good because you get a chance to see it on the big screen, and yet I know that more people have seen my films on DVD than they have in the cinemas and that’s the reality of life now.”
The out-of-the-box Amazon thinking certainly seems to appeal to Gilliam, who also shared, “Amazon and the like are interesting because they are all still in their formative stages..They’re not a bureaucracy that has been around for years like the studio system, and so they’re full of people that are open to new and fresh ideas. So it’s a good time to be working with people like that.”