There is always cause for celebration when a new Terry Gilliam film is on the horizon, and when there is a film that looks as good as The Zero Theorem, fans should be very very excited. As if the prospect of a new Gilliam film wasn’t enough, the director said that this film “mirrors” is astonishing classic, Brazil, and it also stars the always brilliant Christoph Waltz.
Christoph Waltz plays Qohen Leth, a man who is an eccentric computer genius bent on discovering the purpose of existence, or lack thereof, through a mysterious project. Gilliam recently told Empire that the film has parallels with his 1985 film, Brazil, saying, “It’s not really sci-fi. It’s like Brazil, which also isn’t really sci-fi.”
The first clip from the film has just been released, and it is every bit as insane, beautiful and utterly unique that you would expect from Gilliam, and it looks amazing. I have also included a number of recent images from the film too.
The script by Pat Rushin takes place in “an Orwellian corporate world where ‘mancams’ serve as the eyes of a shadowy figure known only as Mangaement.” Waltz’s character is distracted by a love interest pestering him with “virtual sex” propositions and the rebellious teenage son of Management. As the story progresses, it becomes clear that Management is none too happy about Leth’s mysterious project.
The film also stars Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton, Ben Whishaw, Peter Stormare and David Thewlis.
The Zero Theorem is slated for a 2014 release date.
Gilliam released a statement explaining his new film:
When I made Brazil in 1984, I was trying to paint a picture of the world I thought we were living in then. The Zero Theorem is a glimpse of the world I think we are living in now.
Pat Rushin’s script intrigued me with the many pertinent questions raised in his funny, philosophic, and touching tale.
For example: What gives meaning to our lives, brings us happiness? Can we ever find solitude in an increasingly connected, constricted world? Is that world under control or simply chaotic?
We’ve tried to make a film that is honest, funny, beautiful, smart and surprising; a simple film about a complex modern man waiting for a call to give meaning to his life; about inescapable relationships and the longing for love; peopled with captivating characters, mouthfuls of wise and witty dialogue; raising questions without offering easy answers. Hopefully, it’s unlike any film you have seen recently; no zombies, no caped crusaders, no aliens or gigantic explosions. Actually, I might have lied about that last item.
Having not worked with a budget this small for several decades, I was forced to work fast and instinctively, pressured only by the lack of time and money. We relied on the freedom to spin on a dime, to make outrageous creative leaps. The results surprised even me. I’m proud to have been part of The Zero Theorem.