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Terry Gilliam finishes 'Don Quixote' after 17 years

News Agencies | Updated on: 6 June 2017, 18:22 IST

After 17 years of starting the pre-production, Terry Gilliam has finally wrapped the principal photography of 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote'.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie inspired by Miguel De Cervantes' literary classic 'Don Quixot' has been shooting on location across Spain and Portugal.

The movie tells the story of a deluded old man, convinced he is the famed horse-riding hero and who mistakes an advertising executive for his trusty squire, Sancho Panza.

Previously, unsuccessful attempts to make the film saw names such as Johnny Depp, Ewan McGregor, Robert Duvall, Jack O'Connell and John Hurt attached.

However, the movie now stars Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce, Stellan Skarsgard and Olga Kurylenko.

"Don Quixote is a dreamer, an idealist and a romantic, determined not to accept the limitations of reality, marching on regardless of setbacks, as we have done.

We've been at it so long that the idea of actually finishing shooting this 'clandestine' film, is pretty surreal. Any sensible person would have given up years ago but sometimes pig-headed dreamers win in the end, so thank you to all of the ill paid fantasists and believers who have joined to make this longstanding dream a reality," shared Gilliam.

In Cannes, just a year after the project was first unveiled to the market, French sales banner Alfama labeled the film "illegal" with its CEO Paulo Branco saying that Gilliam had been working behind his back and that he - actually - owned rights to the film.

The film's producers also issued a statement regarding this issue, saying that the claims were "preposterous" and that they had been forced to sue him in four countries.

"Senor Branco is tilting at windmills. He has no rights whatsoever in Don Quixote," they added.

According to the release announcing the production wrap, 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote' is being produced by Gerardo Herrero, Mariela Besuievsky, Amy Gilliam, Tornasol Films, Kinology, Recorded Picture Company, Entre Chien et Loup and Ukbar Filmes in association with Alacran Pictures, and with the participation of TVE, Movistar +, Eurimages and Wallimage. Kinology is handling worldwide sales.

Amazon Studios has acquired distribution rights for the US, Canada and the U.K., and Telemunchen for Germany and Austria.


First published: 6 June 2017, 18:22 IST