Director Terry Gilliam, whose The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is due to screen at the Cannes Film Festival on May 19 pending a court decision later today, suffered what has been termed a mild alert over the weekend in London. He was hospitalized overnight for surveillance, Deadline understands, but it appears that reports of a stroke are unfounded.
Deadline reached out to parties involved in the film and received this statement: “Whilst we don’t comment on personal health matters, we can confirm that Terry Gilliam is currently at home preparing for his trip to Cannes next week in support of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.”
That seems to portend a positive outcome at the Paris tribunal, but the confirmed decision will not be made public until this afternoon local time.
Monty Python trouper and Brazil helmer Gilliam, who is 77, has toiled for decades on passion project Don Quixote. With the goal line in sight, however, the film has been caught in a legal tussle over rights with Paulo Branco and his Alfama Films. This has been exacerbated in recent weeks as they seek an injunction on the Cannes screening. A hearing was held Monday in Paris.
Branco this morning informed the media that he will be holding a press conference this afternoon, after the decision is rendered. Per an email, he said he will also comment on the withdrawal of Amazon Studios from the movie. Deadline has confirmed Amazon’s now non-involvement.