Terry Gilliam back in saddle for 'Quixote'

Teams with producer Jeremy Thomas for long-developing pic

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CANNES -- Terry Gilliam may no longer be tilting at windmills, having teamed with Oscar-winning British producer Jeremy Thomas to bring "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" to the big screen.

Gilliam has hooked up with Thomas to finally bring his long-blighted take on the tale of the Spanish knight. Screenwriter Tony Grisoni ("Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas") has worked with Gilliam to reimagine the legend, and the script revolves around a filmmaker who is charmed into Quixote's eternal quest for his ladylove, becoming an unwitting Sancho Panza.

The move uniting Gilliam with Thomas and his Recorded Picture Co. banner is the latest twist in a moviemaking saga almost as epic as Cervantes' 17th century classic on which it is based.

Nine years ago, the original shoot suffered a series of setbacks captured in the documentary "Lost in La Mancha," which went on to become a cult hit in its own right.

Thomas, in Cannes, described the project as "irresistible," while Grisoni added that there is no escaping some pacts. "Nearly 10 years on, I find myself lending a hand to get that crazed, giggling bedlamite back in the saddle. I'm talking about Don Quixote. In spite of God and the devil, he shall ride again," Grisoni said.

The RPC redeveloped movie is scheduled for a spring shoot. Gilliam's latest, "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," unspools here Friday.