The seemingly neverending saga of Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has reached yet another twist: the film will, in fact, screen at this year's Cannes Film Festival, and Gilliam himself - hospitalized over the weekend following what some claim was a minor stroke - will be in attendance.
The news comes to us from the official Don Quixote Twitter feed:
We are delighted to announce that @TerryGilliam and his film #TheManWhoKilledDonQuixote will be at @Festival_Cannes on May 19th for the closing film of the festival. The judge said YES. #QuixoteVive pic.twitter.com/VBXQgxBLSM— The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (@quixotemovie) May 9, 2018
May 19th, 2018. That's when the long, strange and borderline unbelievable story of Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote comes to an end.
As we learned yesterday, word on the street suggests that Amazon's dropped out of distributing The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, which raises serious questions about the future of Gilliam's film. Will another studio step up to the plate? Another streaming service? How would that even work, given that Amazon financed a not-insignificant portion of the production? Given how obviously cursed this production is (side bar: is this the most cursed production in Hollywood history, or just one of the top five? Discuss in the comments below), who would even want to get involved? What if the movie's just flat-out bad? Lots to consider here.
So, yes: in a sense, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote's world premiere will mark a major milestone for Gilliam and his decades-in-the-making passion project, but we should probably expect a few more twist and turns before we're all actually able to sit down and watch the damn thing.
While we're waiting on the next development to arrive, I suggest checking out this page, which helpfully indexes all of our Man Who Killed Don Quixote coverage, stretching all the way back to 2016. Seeing all those headlines back-to-back is, admittedly, pretty hilarious.