After years and years of false starts, stops and near countless troubles, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is finally making its way to theaters in North America in 2019. Terry Gilliam (12 Monkeys, Time Bandits) has been trying to get this passion project made for years, only to encounter adversity at every turn. Despite that, the filmmaker managed to finish shooting the movie last year and, at long lost, it's finally making its way to theaters for all to see.
According to a new report, Screen Media has picked up the North American distribution rights for The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. While it isn't quite clear at the present time how wide of a release the movie will receive, the company has partnered with Fathom Events to bring it to theaters across the country in March 2019. David Fannon, President of Screen Media, had this to say about it in a statement.
"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."
The project is a loose adaptation of the novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. Terry Gilliam has been trying to adapt it for the screen since the 90s and his troubles and journey have been well documented. His failed attempts were famously chronicled in the 2002 documentary Lost in La Mancha. Now that the movie has actually been completed, a sequel to that documentary, He Dreams of Giants, is currently in the works.
Against the odds, Terry Gilliam announced that filming has been completed on The Man Who Killed Don Quixote last year. The movie, which stars Jonathan Pryce, Adam Driver, Olga Kurylenko, Stellan Skarsgard and Jordi Molla, centers on a frustrated filmmaker and disillusioned advertising executive who gets pulled into a world of time travel craziness when a Spanish cobbler, who believes he is Don Quixote, misidentifies this man as his trusted friend, Sancho Panza. Gilliam co-wrote the screenplay alongside Tony Grisoni (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas).
Even though the movie was finished last year, the troubles weren't over. A former producer on the movie, Paulo Branco, claimed ownership, resulting in a legal battle and distribution issues. Originally, Amazon was supposed to release it, but due to the legal trouble, they backed out. Still, the final product has screened at Cannes and Fantastic Fest and, while the consensus seems to be a bit mixed, it's incredible that audiences will finally have the chance to see what all of this was about for themselves. It's highly likely we'll see a new trailer for The Man Who Killed Don Quixote ahead of its release in March, so be on the lookout for that. This news was previously reported by Indie Wire.