Terry Gilliam Chats About Zero Theorem On The Bus, Teases Another Movie Project

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I’ve always enjoyed eavesdropping on the bus. Or in the cinema queue. Or at the Turkish Baths. But it looks like my dream nosing-in session passed me by.

The blogger behind The Last Word on Earth – though we’ll have to see about that – recently shared a trip with Terry Gilliam. The director seemed only too happy to give an update on his upcoming sci-fi black comedy, The Zero Theorem.

The picture comes from an original screenplay by Pat Rushin and features Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, a maths genius, or lunatic, trying to find out if there even is a secret to life… while waiting for a very important phone call. There are virtual realities, clones, piles of big questions that pour into each other and get all jumbled up, and the way Gilliam is handling it, an awful lot of striking set design and costumes.

The blogger notes:

It’s close to being finished, fx are being done in three different countries, George Fenton is working on the score “which is wonderful” says Gilliam, but needs to be complete in the next four weeks. As ever Gilliam is making full use of his final cut, and hinted that a happy ending may not be on the cards.

And there are a few direct quotes from Gilliam too:

Ah, Christoph – now he’s really something. Christoph is the heart of the movie, he really is. But Mélanie Thierry is also amazing, just amazing.

With everything wrapping up soon, I’m expecting Zero Theorem may well have some kind of presence in the marketplace at Cannes. To our benefit, this may result in some images, perhaps even clips, making their way online.

Gilliam also told the blogger about another film he’ll “be involved in this year,” though they’ve agreed to keep any further details secret for now.

The wording “involved in” suggests it’s not likely that Gilliam will be directing this other movie, which makes me think of Terry JonesAbsolutely Anything, in which he’ll be voicing an alien. That’s not a big secret, though, so unless Gilliam was being unnecessarily cautious…?

Or maybe it is a film that Gilliam will direct. The prime candidates there would most likely be Mr. Vertigo, adapted by Gilliam and Paul Auster from Auster’s novel, or by some small miracle, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.

But we simply don’t know.

Of course, now I’ve been teased, I’ll be sat here like The Zero Theorem‘s Qohen Leth, trying to puzzle it out, wondering if there even is an answer…