It’s been three years since Terry Gilliam’s last movie, The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus, hit cinemas. It now looks like he’s finally ready to return with a new movie, as Deadline reports that Gilliam has snagged Christoph Waltz to star in The Zero Theorem.
It would appear to be a great mix of actor and director for a film set in ‘an Orwellian corporate world where “mancams” serve as the eyes of a shadowy figure known only as Management’. Waltz will play Qohen Leth, an eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst who works on a mysterious project aimed at discovering the purpose of existence – or the lack thereof – once and for all.
His work is interrupted now and then by surprise visits from Bainsley, a flamboyantly lusty love interest, and Bob, the rebellious whiz-kid teenage son of Management. But these visits turn out to be intentional diversions orchestrated by Management to keep control of Qohen’s progress.
It sounds like a suitably weird premise for a Gilliam movie, with more than a few shades of Brazil. While Gilliam’s movie have a horrible habit of falling to bits, this one looks a little more secure than most as pre-production has already started in Romania, with plans to start shooting on October 22nd.