Although the film will not be released until December, Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem is one to keep an eye on this year. His first film in theaters since 2009’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, The Zero Theorem will see Gilliam working with some of the best actors in the world, including Christoph Waltz, Tilda Swinton, and David Thewlis. The blogger behind the website LastWordOnEarth.com recently had an encounter with Terry Gilliam at a bus stop in North London. While on the bus, Gilliam talked about The Zero Theorem’s post-production process and how the film is going to turn out:
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.
According to Gilliam, the film will feature some great performances — considering the amazing cast, we should certainly hope so — but the emotional heart of the film will center on Christoph Waltz’s character, Qohen Leth. Gilliam says, “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.”
The Zero Theorem takes place in a futuristic, Orwellian world where “man-cams” watch your every move. A government agency headed by a mysterious figure called “Management” oversees and controls the dystopian society. A reclusive computer genius named Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz) is working on a formula to solve the mysteries of life and existence, but he is constantly distracted from his important work by the seductive Bainsley, and Management’s son Bob. Sounds appropriately Gilliam if you ask us.
So what’s the big takeaway from this story? Terry Gilliam takes public transportation.
The Zero Theorem will hit theaters on December 20th.