A few weeks ago, photos of a bald Christoph Waltz popped up on the Internet. The Austrian actor is currently working on Terry Gilliam’s new film, The Zero Theorem, in Romania. Gilliam is trying to keep a tight seal on his production, but a few location photos have leaked. Now video footage has surfaced of Gilliam directing, taken from an apartment building overlooking a Romanian street.
There’s really not much to the video, but it does feature Terry Gilliam directing an old-fashioned red convertible that’s zipping up and down the heavily crewed street. It’s surprising to see an expensive-looking car in the film because, after reading the synopsis, you’d think the entire world would be in ruin in the dystopian future. Clearly that’s not the case.
The Zero Theorem is Gilliam’s return to the big screen after The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus in 2009, which starred the late Heath Ledger. The film is set in an Orwellian world where futuristic “man-cams” watch your every move. A government agency headed by a mysterious figure called “Management” oversees and controls the future society. But a reclusive computer genius named Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz) is working on a formula to solve the mysteries of existence. He is constantly distracted from his important work by the seductive Bainsley, and Management’s son, Bob. The Zero Theorem sounds like an updated version of Gilliam’s 1985 film Brazil, which also featured an Orwellian government system and the effects of bureaucracy on man.
There is no release date for The Zero Theorem yet, but it’s due in theaters sometime in 2013.