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Not a drill: The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has a U.S. release date

After wrapping principal photography in 2017, premiering the film at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, and enduring a number of legal setbacks, Terry Gilliam will finally unleash his decades-in-the-making The Man Who Killed Don Quixote on North America. Screen Media and Fathom have shared a new trailer for the director’s riff on Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote, as well as the announcement that it will debut stateside during a “one-night theatrical event.” That night is April 10, and the premiere will encompass more than 700 U.S. theaters and “select Canadian locations.”


The disastrous making of an early version of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, one starring Johnny Depp, was chronicled in the 2003 documentary, Lost in La Mancha. In that film, viewers got their first look at Gilliam’s ambitious tale, which follows an advertising executive who, upon time-traveling to 17th century La Mancha, is mistaken for Sancho Panza by Quixote. Adam Driver and Jonathan Pryce star in the finished version, with Olga Kurylenko, Stellan Skarsgård and Jordi Mollà rounding out the cast.

What the film’s fate looks like following its theatrical premiere is unclear, especially considering Amazon backed out of its U.S. distribution deal with Gilliam last year. As such, fans will probably want to score a ticket to one of these screenings. You can do that here, and watch the zany new trailer above.

[via ScreenRant]

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.