Terry Gilliam and Don Quixote over the decades have had a turbulent time trying to become reality. Fast forward to 2018, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote finally dug itself out of development hell making its way onto Cannes Film Festival line up.
Just when things were looking good for the former Monty Python star’s film, disaster has struck. News has broke, that Gilliam had suffered a Minor Stroke over the weekend.
Thankfully, the London based director has now, left the hospital and is recovering at home. Sadly the trouble has continued as the U.S distributor, Amazon Studios has pulled from the distribution. The rights and financing were agreed and signed at the 2015 festival. Since then they have provided much funding but as one problem was solved another was unearthed.
The film’s producer Paulo Branco and his company Alfama Films has challenged the distribution rights, which they claimed. For this, Branco took things to court to block the film been shown not just at Cannes, but around France and USA.
Before the legal challenge, Cannes Film Festival gave their full backing to Terry Gilliam. This has been one of the unluckiest productions in cinematic history. Around 1989 Gilliam has attempted to bring his passion project to the big screen. Around 2002 was his last close call was with Johnny Depp, this led to the documentary Lost In La Mancha.
Everyone from Jean Rochefort, Robert Duvall, Michael Palin, and John Hurt have been lined up to play Quixote. With Depp, Ewan McGregor, and Jack O’Connell set to play Toby Grisoni. – source: Guardian
[update 9th May 2018 – 1918 hrs] Today has been great news for Gilliam as the French courts have delivered their verdict and The Man Who Killed Don Quixote curse has been broken!
We are delighted to announce that @TerryGilliam and his film #TheManWhoKilledDonQuixote will be at @Festival_Cannes on May 19th for the closing film of the festival. The judge said YES. #QuixoteVive pic.twitter.com/VBXQgxBLSM
— The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (@quixotemovie) May 9, 2018