The Man Who Killed Don Quixote's release thrown into doubt

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 18 June 2018
Terry Gilliam

Terry Gilliam

Terry Gilliam has been trying to release 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote' for years

The long-awaited release of Terry Gilliam's 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote' has been thrown into doubt.

The 77-year-old screenwriter finally managed to debut the fantasy film at the Cannes Film Festival last month, following years of legal wrangling, but a fresh court battle could mean that the much-discussed movie is never actually released.

A court in Paris has determined that producer Paulo Branco actually owns the rights to the movie, rather than Gilliam.

As a result, it is now up to Branco whether the film is released.

Prior to the Cannes Film Festival, Branco claimed to have been "very wise" to give the festival "exceptional authorisation" to screen the movie, which stars Adam Driver.

However, he also insisted that the decision was separate to other issues regarding the movie's release.

He explained: "The decision doesn't interfere with any other decisions that have already been taken that give us the rights [to the film]."

Despite this, the official Twitter feed of the Cannes Film Festival revealed that it was able to screen the movie after Branco had a previous appeal thrown out by the courts.

The tweet read: "The request of Paulo Branco for a ban was rejected by the courts. 'The Man Who Kill Don Quixote' will be screened at the close of the 71st Festival de Cannes! And Terry Gilliam will be there. Let's make this victory a great party. (sic)"

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

  • 2 stars
  • 2018
  • UK / Spain / France / Portugal / Belgium
  • 2h 12min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Terry Gilliam
  • Cast: Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce, Stellan Skarsgård, Olga Kurylenko, Joana Ribeiro
  • UK release: 31 January 2020

Toby (Driver) is a director of commercials who finds himself in Spain with Javier (Pryce), who thinks he’s Don Quixote. Gilliam's passion project has been more than 25 years in the making and it feels old and tired; Driver is largely unlikeable, the female characters are one-dimensional and Pryce’s madman is maddening.

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