by Terry Gilliam and Hans ten Cate
Monday, 30 May 2005

Brothers Grimm is coming the U.S. theaters on August 26

Terry wrote in:

Just a quicky to let you know that August 26 has finally been nailed as the date America will wake up to find the Brothers Grimm waiting for them in all their local cinemas. Screen after endless screen. No escape. No competition. People can now start planning their lives around this historic event and I can go out and get a proper job.


Terry was in France recently, at the Cannes Film Festival (May 11 thru 22, 2005) where he and Miramax boss Harvey Weinstein showed off about 20 minutes of Brothers Grimm on May 13. A year ago at Cannes, a few minutes of the film were shown. The release date later switched from 2004 to early this year, then late 2005, and was finally shifted back to August.

The movie is a fantasy take on the fairy-tale writers Brothers Grimm, who are depicted in this version as hucksters traveling from town to town with a reputation as fearless monster slayers, claiming they can exorcise supernatural terrors — for a fee.

The brothers get a dose of their own medicine when they encounter a true curse, complete with a forest of moving trees that hosts a 500-year-old queen (played by Monica Bellucci) who abducts young girls to steal their life energy and to preserve her beauty.

Brothers Grimm has been in post-production for some time, in part due to the divorce of the Weinstein brothers' film company, Miramax, from Disney. While the film was waiting release, Gilliam shot and completed another film, Tideland, which is due later this year.