It’s a Christmas miracle! After a now legendary run of false starts, roadblocks and mishaps, Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote was finally completed last year, concluding a nearly thirty year period of development hell. The movie premiered as the closing night film at Cannes, but in keeping with the film’s terrible misfortunes, there was one last twist that threatened to prevent the rest of the world from seeing the finished product. A last minute legal dispute over the film’s rights forced Amazon to drop out as the U.S. distributor. The good news, however, is that Screen Media has now stepped in to give it a release next year. David Fannon, President of Screen Media, had this to say:
“Terry Gilliam is a true auteur and his latest film does not disappoint. It is the perfect pairing of a film with a filmmaker, the story of Don Quixote, a man who believes in things that seemingly no one else believes in, until finally, they share his vision. Screen Media is thrilled that U.S. audiences will finally get to see Terry Gilliam’s quest.”
What remains unclear is just what kind of theatrical release we are talking about here. Screen Media will be partnering with Fathom Events, who are generally known for one-night only special events, which might mean The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is following that same format. Either way, the movie is expected to hit theatres in March. On a related note, the sequel to the making of documentary Lost in La Mancha is also expected to arrive next year (it’s called He Dreams of Giants). Are you looking forward to finally seeing The Man Who Killed Don Quixote?