A year ago French sales banner Alfama helped announce at Cannes that Terry Gilliam’s long troubled “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” was finally moving forward after nearly two decades.
Filming was at the time slated to begin in October, but then a delay pushed it to March. Nevertheless the film has been in production with Gilliam directing and both Adam Driver and Jonathan Pryce starring.
Now, one year on from that announcement, Alfama has released a statement regarding a court ruling in Paris which claims Gilliam’s production of the pic was ‘patently illegal’.
Alfama’s Paulo Branco tells THR that he hasn’t spoke to Gilliam in six months and he’s reportedly accused the filmmaker of working “clandestinely” behind his back and pursued the production with other partners.
Branco also reportedly claims he has the rights to the film, asserting that whatever was shot by Gilliam would be the property of Alfama.
A statement from the film’s producers call Branco’s claims “preposterous” and that he had “no rights whatsoever to Don Quixote”. On top of this they add that they have been forced to sue Branco in four countries.
Recorded Picture Company CEO Peter Watson says: “Senhor Branco’s interpretation of the law borders on the picaresque. If he really wants to kill the venerable don, I suggest he takes up jousting.”