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Watch: 3-Minute Trailer & More Footage From Terry Gilliam's 'The Zero Theorem'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
June 23, 2013 5:49 PM
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Well, watch this while you can because it will probably be yanked off the Internet in short order. But for the past few weeks, some footage of Terry Gilliam's "The Zero Theorem" -- including a rather spoiler heavy reel featuring 12 minutes of material -- have been kicking around some parts of the interwebs, but over the weekend they made their way to some forums and YouTube, and thus here we are. 

So below, you'll see a 3-minute teaser trailer of sorts for "The Zero Theorem," which gives a good measure of flavor without giving up major story elements. To recap, Christoph Waltz stars as an eccentric and reclusive computer genius, plagued with existential angst, who is working on a mysterious project aimed at discovering the purpose of existence -- or the lack thereof -- once and for all. But his task is constantly diverted and interrupted thanks to the Management, in what looks like a "Brazil"-esque tale of bureaucracy, with Gilliam's penchant for playing with reality in full force.

More importantly, it does look like something of a return to form for the filmmaker, in what looks like his best effort in a while. Maybe we'll see this in Venice? Melanie Thierry, Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton and more co-star/cameo. Watch below. 

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10 Comments

  • sillyman | June 25, 2013 6:52 PMReply

    Just another bit of superfluous mediocrity for people to anticipate until the next new project by a beloved director comes along. The fact that Gilliam came on board late and how fast they seemed to film it, leaves me not expecting anything more.

  • brou | June 26, 2013 1:32 AM

    Gilliam didn't come on board late... He was already trying to direct it in 2009.

  • PcChongor | June 24, 2013 3:35 AMReply

    Aaaaaaaaaaand it's gone.

  • Michelle | July 20, 2013 5:50 PM

    This originally had Billy Bob Thornton back in 2009. Gilliam couldn't get the funding together and it fell apart. Then a little over a year ago a member of the Zanuck family was like, "Hey, remember that weird script? Let's do that now." And when they got Christoph Waltz, he somehow secured the extra funding the movie needed and is taking a producing credit on the film. It was a short shoot because it's an indie film and these things tend to have short shoots. Not exactly sure what OP was getting at in his post.

  • Steven Flores | June 23, 2013 8:57 PMReply

    Wow... only Terry Gilliam could create something like this and do it with such humor and heart.

  • alex | June 23, 2013 8:14 PMReply

    It will look better when the film comes out it does say at the end of the trailer that the film is in Post Production.

  • anonymouse | June 23, 2013 7:46 PMReply

    there hasn't been one gilliam film i have not enjoyed in some capacity. some more than others, admittedly, yet his wild and kooky imagination always offers something to behold, even when the parts are greater than the sum. the brazil vibe here is evident. however, the CGI is a bit of a letdown considering he once displayed tom waits morphing into a dragon/serpent.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | June 23, 2013 6:48 PMReply

    I'll say this for Gilliam... he's never boring.

    And in almost every photo of him I see, he's got the eyes of "The Mad Monk." Like there's some batshit crazy universe on the other side of them -- one I'd like to glimpse but never actually visit.

  • Frank | June 23, 2013 6:47 PMReply

    It does look like it could be Gilliam's first good movie in a decade -- unsurprisingly he didn't write it.

  • bob | June 23, 2013 6:36 PMReply

    as gilliam as you can get/want/expect

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