It's already been abandoned twice, but there's hopes the film adaptation of Don Quixote will go ahead this year, says director Terry Gilliam.
14 Mar 2014 - 10:28 AM  UPDATED 20 Mar 2014 - 11:15 AM

Director Terry Gilliam hopes to start filming his Don Quixote movie this year, 15 years after he first began work on the project.

The Monty Python star said he plans to "jump in and just got for it" on his modern adaptation of Miguel Cervantes' hapless Spanish hero, with filming scheduled to begin in Spain in September.

Filming originally began years ago, but the team battled with numerous on-set disasters, as chronicled in the documentary Lost In La Mancha.

Gilliam, 73, says he had a new-found approach to filming after shooting his latest movie The Zero Theorem on a minimal budget in Romania, in just 36 days.

He plans to revisit The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.

"It's my default position basically. So we're trying to do it again, I'm hoping this year.

"I don't take time any more, I just go for it. I've lived with it too long, the best thing is to jump in."

The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus filmmaker's first attempt to make the Quixote movie, starring Johnny Depp, collapsed due to a number of problems.

Actor Jean Rochefort fell ill, military planes flying overhead ruined the sound, and there was a flood on the set.

Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe made a documentary about Gilliam's failed attempt to make the film in 2002, called Lost In La Mancha.

Gilliam revived the project in 2010, but it collapsed once again when financial backers pulled out.