The so-called curse surrounding Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote continues this week, despite the fact that the movie has been completed and remains on track to screen at Cannes later this month. The good news is that The Paris Court of Appeal ruled that the movie can still close out the Cannes Film Festival even though former producer Paulo Branco requested an injunction, insisting that he owns the rights to the film. The bad news is that Amazon has dropped out as the film’s U.S. distributor and it remains unclear when the rest of the world might get to see the movie. On top of it all, Terry Gilliam himself has reportedly suffered a minor stroke. Hit the jump for more details.
According to the French newspaper Nice-Matin, Terry Gilliam was hospitalized while awaiting the decision from the Paris Courts on whether The Man Who Killed Don Quixote would screen at Cannes. He was said to have suffered “a kind of stroke” but fortunately he returned home yesterday where is now recovering. Today it was announced that the movie would be the closing night film at Cannes on May 19 as originally scheduled.
However, there is still significant fallout from this continuing legal battle as Amazon will no longer be handling the film’s domestic release despite having helped finance it. Terry Gilliam supposedly signed a deal with Amazon Studios back at Cannes 2015, but in early 2016, Paulo Branco pledged $22 million to help finish the film in exchange for exclusive rights. The money never materialized and Gilliam found other backers instead. It sounds like a very complicated situation and something tells me it may be a few more years before the movie gets any sort of official release here in North America. Turbo Films is still set to release the film in China. Do you think we’ll ever get to see The Man Who Killed Don Quixote?