Don Quixote is More Important than You Think

You may know that in the theater world Macbeth has somewhat of a curse around it, but did you know us filmmakers have our own “cursed” production?

The story of Don Quixote, which is considered to be the first modern novel, has time and time again tried to get it’s wheels off the tarmac in the film industry, but has been grounded for bad weather. Literally.

Many attempts at adaptapting the novel have been made, but none have been that successful.

Orson Welles had a crack at the story, starting principal photography in 1957, but setbacks caused the film to halt production and Welles died before the film was even edited together.

There was even an animated feature called, Donkey Xote. Yeah, it’s as cheesy as it sounds.

But the most well known rendition is from director, Terry Gilliam. He began writing a script in 1991, and shortly after started production. However Gilliam went through a gauntlet of setbacks, including terrible weather, military flybys during shooting, actors dropping out and going incredibly over budget. There’s even a cringeworthy documentary called, Lost in La Mancha that follows Gilliam through the madness.

But Gilliam is back for another try, and means business! Starring Jonathan Pryce and Adam Driver, production for the film has wrapped and a cut of the film has been shown to a small audience. There’s no release date yet, but is set to come out this year.

Do you think Gilliam’s latest attempt will succeed? Watch the trailer for this tenacious tale and keep an eye out for this year’s release date!

“Don Quixote de la Mancha!… Come to restore the lost age of chivalry!” -The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

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