Terry Gilliam has already started pre-production on Zero Theorem, a new sci-fi picture that is set to star Christoph Waltz. It's been a project on his list for several years now, and I'm very excited to see it finally moving forwards.
The film's script was written by Pat Rushin, a Professor at the Universal of Central Florida. It's hard to describe but it was a great read and the ideas are big and meaty, and I'm sure Gilliam is going to rip right into them.
This is the Romania-based projet that Gilliam has spoken about recently. As well as Waltz's role, a maths genius working on solving the titular zero theorem, there are two other big parts:
Bob, the teenaged son of Big Brother – or Management as it's called in this script
The flirty, bodacious Bainsley, a young woman who plays her own part in the strange mystery and is crucially skilledin the Heimlich manoeuvre .
Neither of these, as written in the original script match Johnny Depp, obviously, though Gilliam has apparently suggested he'll be in the picture. Maybe he was replaced by Waltz, or maybe he has smaller role.
My guess is that if he's in there at all, he'll be playing Management. The character only appears on screen a couple-few times, but is very crucial to the story, and gets some good business to carry out.
Zero Theorem is going to be a very exciting project, I'm sure. I'll be watching developments closely. Production is scheduled to begin on October 22nd.
But do be warned: this is a very surreal project, concerned more with theme, character and bold ideas than smoothly familiar plotting and making the audience feel comfortable.
In other words – I loved the script, it's in just the right hands, and Waltz is a wonderful choice to bring Qohen Leth to life.
Here's a plot blurb from Deadline. You may choose not to read it.
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.
Latter is the rebellious whiz-kid teenage son of Management who, with a combination of insult-comedy and an evolving true friendship, spurs on Qohen's efforts at solving the theorem. But these visits turn out to be intentional diversions orchestrated by Management to keep control of Qohen's progress.
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. The suit and supporting computer technology will perform an inventory of Qohen's soul, either proving or disproving the Zero Theorem.