Terry Gilliam has finally finished filming "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote," 17 years after pre-production began.
The film has been beleaguered by setbacks, ranging from flooding on set to funding issues, Variety reported.
"Don Quixote is a dreamer, an idealist, and a romantic, determined not to accept the limitations of reality, marching on regardless of setbacks, as we have done," director and former "Monty Python" star Gilliam said in announcing completion of principal photography.
"We’ve been at it so long that the idea of actually finishing shooting this ‘clandestine’ film, is pretty surreal. Any sensible person would have given up years ago but sometimes pig-headed dreamers win in the end, so thank you to all of the ill paid fantasists and believers who have joined to make this longstanding dream a reality!"
Inspired by Miguel De Cervantes' novel "Don Quixote," the film follows the story of an old man who believes he is Don Quixote and mistakes an advertising executive as his sidekick, Sancho Panza, The Hollywood Reporter noted.
The film stars Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce, Stellan Skarsgard, and Olga Kurylenko. It is produced by Gerardo Herrero, Mariela Besuievsky, Amy Gilliam, Tornasol Films, Kinology, Recorded Picture Company, Entre Chien et Loup, and Ukbar Filmes in association with Alacran Pictures, and with the participation of TVE, Movistar +, Eurimages and Wallimage. Amazon Studios and Telemunchen have distribution rights.
Alfama CEO Paulo Branco has claimed that he owns rights to the film, but the film's producers dispute that claim and say they have sued Branco in four countries, The Hollywood Reporter noted.
Filming began in Spain, where disruptions included flyovers from a nearby military base and actor Jean Rochefort suffering a double hernia that required airlifted to hospital for surgery, The Guardian reported.
"Now though, on his eighth attempt, Gilliam has finally completed his Sisyphean endeavour," Gwilym Mumford wrote for The Guardian.
Twitter users shared their thoughts and jokes about the achievement.
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