Terry Gilliam’s Luck-Sucking ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ Having Legal Problems, Which Means No Cannes and No May Release

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I won't go into great detail about the bad luck and mishaps that have hampered-down Terry Gilliam's passion project "The Man who Killed Don Quixote" for the better part of three decades now. At some point, it seemed like the cursed project, which finished production on June 4th and is now practically completed in the editing room, was on course to be released this year with even a Cannes premiere booked in advance. They most definitely resolved the last setback, John Hurt's death, which was settled with Gilliam regular Jonathan Pryce taking over the role. 

Gilliam to the The New York Times:

“Well, we’ve almost finished the cut, we’re just fiddling now, figuring out a few things here and there so it’s pretty much what it is. We’ve got still months of work to do on visual effects, sound, music. But as far as the tale, it’s pretty tight now and it’s surprisingly wonderful. I always hesitate to get too optimistic or too excited about the work I’m doing,” he told The Times. “I’d rather try to stay cynical and slightly distant from it. When you fall in love with something, it’s painful when it doesn’t work for everybody else. But all the people who’ve seen it so far — they used the words, ‘We’re in love with this.’ So let’s see if they’re right.”

Yep, things were lookin' quite rosy for Gilliam that is until today's news that the film's release is now again in question.
France Inter is reporting that Gilliam and producer Paulo Branco are butting heads on the film. A few years back they had both reached an agreement about the production of “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.” The deal was simple, Branco would fund "Quixote," give Gilliam creative freedom and reap the benefits.
Those aforementioned benefits never came to Branco, Gilliam found another producer finance the film, and the film then started production. Branco has now re-entered the picture and claims the film cannot be released until eh gives permission, pointing to a 2016 contract between he and Gilliam. Gilliam says the contract was nullified due to Branco, quite frankly, not giving him any funding.
The case is in court, but ruling won't be done until June 15. That means no Cannes and no planned May release.
At least Gilliam has finished the film. His struggles to make it were well documented in the 2002 documentary "Lost in La Mancha." Here is an excerpt from my review which summarizes the plight in making the movie:
"Terry Gilliam was able to start shooting his dream project “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote," in 2000, starring Johnny Depp and, in the title role of Don Quixote, French actor Jean Rochefort. That was the only positive news that happened it seems because, due to budget problems, shooting schedule problems, horrible weather problems, and the unfortunate ill health of actor Rochefort, the production was a disaster before production even began. There were only 6 days of shooting before the entire thing was scraped and "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote" was completely abandoned."

"Lost in La Mancha," a documentary that captures the first eight weeks of pre-production (another nightmare experience for Gilliam) to the disastrous six-day shoot that followed. It is frustrating to watch because one moment we see Gilliam all giddy and ready to go, and the next minute he's having a mental breakdown over the sheer bad luck happening all around his dream project."

"A feeling of what could have been exudes throughout the picture, the terrific sets, costumes and production design that were created for the movie (including perfectly synchronized Gilliam-esque life-size marionette puppets) give out an overall feeling of what might have been. Maybe there will be a day when it can be realized, but it seems like the dark cloud looming over this picture at the moment is too compromised to just easily go away"