Don Quixote, directed by Terry Gilliam
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, director Terry Gilliam’s merging of Cervantes’s classic novel and modern satire, is one of the most trouble-plagued productions of recent years — and it’s all on film. When production commenced in fall of 2000, Gilliam had filmmakers Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe shooting on-set for the inevitable DVD supplements; instead they captured the film falling apart. Shooting troubles, weather issues, and an injured leading man put the skids on the project less than a week into the $32 million shoot. Fulton and Pepe used their footage to create the fascinating 2002 documentary Lost in La Mancha (above); Gilliam, meanwhile, spent the decade trying to revitalize the project, which was ultimately recast with Robert Duvall and Ewan McGregor in the leading roles, but a month and a half before that version was set to go before cameras, Gilliam lost his funding again. The Man Who Killed Don Quixote continues to languish, which is a shame; the tiny snippets see in Lost in La Mancha showed some real promise.