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Development: Terry Gilliam's Don Quixote movie gets distributor; Santa slasher cult classic gets U.S. release; Elementary closing its case

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Dec 17, 2018, 9:10 PM EST

Terry Gilliam's Don Quixote epic finally lands studio distribution, a 1989 French cult classic makes its way to the U.S. for (pretty much) the first time, and Elementary draws to a close in the latest development roundup. 

First up, the decades-long story behind Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is finally coming to an end. The film, which the filmmaker struggled to bring to the screen since 1989, will finally be hitting theaters, per The Hollywood Reporter

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote was recently acquired by Screen Media, who took over distribution after Amazon Studios backed out due to a legal dispute with now-former producer Paulo Branco. Screen Media will partner with Fathom Events for the release. 

"Terry Gilliam is a true auteur and his latest film does not disappoint. It is the perfect pairing of a film with a filmmaker, the story of Don Quixote, a man who believes in things that seemingly no one else believes in, until finally, they share his vision," said Screen Media president David Fannon.

The film first debuted at Cannes Film Festival back in May, and later saw a quiet North American premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas in September. 

(via The Hollywood Reporter

Speaking of Fantastic Fest, the 1989 cult-classic Santa-slasher flick,  Deadly Games, also had its North American premiere there this year, and just kicked off its limited U.S. theatrical run. 

The French film, which will be released by one of its other names, Dial Code Santa Claus, follows a kid named Thomas who has to defend his home against a sociopath dressed as ol' Saint Nick. For the record, it pre-dates the American holiday classic Home Alone, which has a very, very similar premise. And also swaps out the wet bandits for a competent homicidal maniac.

Though Dial Code Santa Claus became an underground sensation overseas, it was only available as a VHS bootleg in the U.S. Now, complete with a brand-new 2K restoration by the American Genre Film Archive, the film will be getting a string of release dates set up by the Alamo Drafthouse

Screenings start today across the U.S. and Canda and run through Jan. 19, with more expected to be added. Check here to see when it's playing near you. 

(via AGFA/Alamo Drafthouse)


Finally, the CBS procedural Elementary will be coming to an end after the show's seventh season.

Variety reports that the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle-inspired crime drama, which stars Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu as a modern-day Holmes and Watson working cases on the streets of New York City, will be concluding at the end of its upcoming seventh season.

The decision to pull the plug was made by the network back in May, shortly after the Season 6 premiere. All 13 episodes of the seventh (and now final) season have been shot, but there is no premiere date at this time. 

(via Variety