It’s been a long time coming for Terry Gilliam’s passion project, as The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has had a very troubled past. Not only was the project re-written numerous times, but it underwent several failed iterations. While there seemed to hope, as the film premiered at Cannes last month to mixed reviews, it was soon cut short. The Paris Court of Appeal ruled in favor of former producer, Paulo Branco who initially sued Gilliam over rights to the project.
“The ruling means that the rights to the film belong to Alfama. Any exploitation of the film up until now has been completely illegal and without the authorization of Alfama,” Branco explained to Screen Daily. Gilliam will now pay up to $11,600 dollars in fines; this comes after a temporary ruling that allowed Gilliam to screen the film at Cannes. “We will be seeking damages with interest from all the people involved in this illegal production and above all, all those who were complicit in its illegal exploitation. We’re holding everyone responsible.”
Branco plans to hold everyone who was a part of production responsible. “The film belongs in its entirety to Alfama. The film was made illegally. It’s the first time, I’ve ever seen so many people embark on a mission to produce and exploit a film, without holding the rights. It’s a unique case.” While it’s an unfortunate loss for Terry Gilliam and every other crew member, I’m still excited to see the film when it opens. Have you been following the troubled history of “Don Quixote?” Let us know what you think of the news in the comments below!