10 Unrealized Book-to-Film Adaptations We’d Like to Have Seen

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.