Auteur Terry Gilliam isn’t by anybody’s standards what would be considered a prolific director, so when he chooses to present a new project at San Diego Comic-Con 2013, it’s something to take note of. The official description of his next project, the science fiction film The Zero Theorem, describes the plot as being about an eccentric and reclusive computer genius, plagued with existential angst, who works on a mysterious project aimed at discovering the purpose of existence Âor the lack thereofÂ once and for all – “The Zero Theorem.” However, it is only once he experiences the power of love and desire that he is able to understand his very reason for being.
At the panel, the audience was shown the film’s first trailer (which had leaked online back in June), as well as the first 10 minutes of the movie. Also, just after the panel, Voltage Pictures released two images for The Zero Theorem, giving us a first public look at the movie. You can see these images here below.
The panelists were producers Zev Foreman and Dean Zanuck, and Terry’s daughter Amy Gilliam, who worked on the film. The panel was moderated by Gina McIntyre of the LA Times’ Hero Complex. Terry Gilliam himself could not make the event, but he did send a video message explaining that the film’s producers have hijacked him to finish the movie, and he hoped the NSA could get this message out to all of us at Hall H. A trailer followed which carried all of Gilliam’s trademark panache, looking very much like a cross between Brazil and 12 Monkeys.
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