Terry Gilliam to Direct The Zero Theorem Starring Christoph Waltz

A few years have passed since Terry Gilliam’s last film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, and although he directed a couple of short films since then, most of his time has been focused on trying to resurrect his ill-fated adaptation of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Although Robert Duvall and Ewan McGregor were reportedly attached to star, the financing fell through back in 2010 and it now appears that the project is dead for a second time. The good news is that this means he is moving on to something else, and he will apparently be returning to science-fiction for the first time since Twelve Monkeys back in 1995. The project is called The Zero Theorem and Christoph Waltz is attached to star. Hit the jump to check out the plot synopsis.

According to Deadline, Christoph Waltz will play Qohen Leth, a computer genius who is trying to answer one of the universe’s great mysteries: the purpose of existence.

“Living in an Orwellian corporate world where “mancams” serve as the eyes of a shadowy figure known only as Management, Leth (Waltz) works on a solution to the strange theorem while living as a virtual cloistered monk in his home—the shattered interior of a fire-damaged chapel. His isolation and work are interrupted now and then by surprise visits from Bainsley, a flamboyantly lusty love interest who tempts him with ‘tantric biotelemetric interfacing’ (virtual sex) and Bob, the rebellious whiz-kid teenage son of Management. Bob creates a virtual reality ‘inner-space’ suit that will carry Qohen on an inward voyage, a close encounter with the hidden dimensions and truth of his own soul, wherein lie the answers both he and Management are seeking.”

Yep, that sounds like a Terry Gilliam movie. The script is written by Pat Rushin (Puzzling Through the News) and is being produced by Dean Zanuck (Road to Perdition, Get Low). It was originally a pet project of Dean Zanuck’s father, the late Richard D. Zanuck. The movie is currently in pre-production in Romania and is expected to go before cameras in October. What do you think… does this project have potential and are you excited to see Gilliam return to sci-fi?

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