Gilliam, 77, started taking pictures on the unique film, which starred Johnny Depp, again in 2000. It may be hard to land a new distributor while this court case is still ongoing, so keep an eye on those reviews out of the film's Cannes premiere-it may be the only Don Quixote screening for quite some time.
At the heart of the legal dispute over the film is Paulo Branco, a producer whose Alfama Films company signed on to help finance the film in 2016.
However, on Wednesday (09May18), a French judge ruled the planned premiere could go ahead as long as it features a pre-film disclaimer, stating the screening does not harm Branco's claim to the rights or the ongoing legal proceedings, according to Variety.
A Paris District Court is expected to announce Wednesday if Gilliam's decades-delayed undertaking can screen on the Croisette May 19, the date it is to be released in French theaters. Gilliam's film is scheduled to close the festival on May 19. So while The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is finished and will screen, its future is still very much in doubt. Gilliam initially began making the film in 1998 with Jean Rochefort set to play Don Quixote, but a series of mishaps - including Rochefort's illness, insurance problems, and financing setbacks - ultimately put the film on hold.
There was a even a documentary made about the disasters the movie faced, Lost In La Mancha, released in 2002.
Terry Gilliam's ill-fated passion project The Man Who Killed Don Quixote suffered another blow on Tuesday after its creator was sent to hospital. The news is further complicated by reports that Gilliam suffered a minor stroke this week and was briefly hospitalized, but his representatives are downplaying that, announcing only that "we can confirm that Terry Gilliam is now at home preparing for his trip to Cannes next week in support of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote".
"The Festival de Cannes will respect the legal decision, whatever it may be, but we strongly affirm that we stand squarely on the side of filmmakers and in particular on the side of Terry Gilliam", the festival said April 30.