Movie legend Anthony Quinn's final film is set for release - 13 years after it was made.
Daryush Shokof's surreal Seven Servants was shot in 1996, five years before Quinn's death, but the movie was never released.
First, Quinn - a producer of the picture - insisted it was too visionary to be screened before the new century and then the rights holders at production company Das Werk went broke as Iranian filmmaker Shokof planned to release the movie as a Quinn tribute after the actor's death in 2000.
A spokesman for distributors LongTale International tells WENN, "The producers invested years of effort to rescue the project from the rights holder's insolvency, recover all materials and elements, and, performed a thorough re-edit."
And the film is apparently worth the wait: "Mr. Quinn observed that the world would change and that Seven Servants was really a film for the 21st century. He personally made the decision to withhold release - and he was correct. It is so appropriate for the present day."
The movie, in which Quinn plays a wealthy man who hires four young men from the four corners of the earth to reinvigorate him as he fights for life, will be screened at the fourth annual Monaco Charity Film Festival next month (16May09).
LongTale International marketing director Hilary Clay Hicks says, "It's not the first time the film has been screened - it debuted at a festival in Switzerland in 1996 before an audience of 8,000. Witnesses recall that half the audience loved it, half hated it, but nobody was unaffected.
"It was after that Mr. Quinn made the decision to withhold the film."