'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote' Gets U.S. Trailer and Release Date
The legendary saga of the long-plagued production of Terry Gilliam’s cinematic windmill, ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,’ is finally reaching resolution.
Screen Media has released the U.S. trailer for the film and announced a partnership with Fathom Events to show the movie on more than 700 North American screens one night only on Wednesday, April 10th.
“It took more than two and a half decades to make and moviegoers have just one chance to experience this film in all its glory on the big screen,” said Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt. “We are thrilled to provide audiences the opportunity to experience this highly anticipated content in the best way possible, larger-than-life and alongside fellow fans.”
A brief rundown of the history of this production can be found via Wikipedia:
Gilliam unsuccessfully attempted to make the film many times over the span of twenty-nine years, which made it an infamous example of development hell.
Gilliam started working on the film in 1989, but was unable to secure funding until 1998 when it entered full pre-production with a budget of $32.1 million without American financing, with Jean Rochefort as Quixote, Johnny Depp as Toby Grisoni, a 21st-century marketing executive thrown back through time, and Vanessa Paradis as the female lead.
Shooting began in 2000 in Navarre, but a significant number of difficulties such as sets and equipment destroyed by flooding, the departure of Rochefort due to illness, problems obtaining insurance for the production, and other financial difficulties led to a sudden suspension of the production and its subsequent cancellation.
The original production was the subject of the documentary film Lost in La Mancha, which was intended to be a making-of but was released on its own in 2002.