It feels like work on Terry Gilliam’s existential sci-fi flick The Zero Theorem has been underway for ages now, so fans of the director will likely be relieved to learn that the film will finally hit theaters this summer after being acquired by Amplify.
For a while, it was uncertain whether the odd, high-concept flick would find a company brave enough to handle its distribution. Following confirmation of the deal, Gilliam stated:
“The Zero Theorem is a very unique film that I’m especially proud of, so it is a relief to be distributed by a company that is not afraid to push the boundaries.”
Amplify was formed earlier this year when digital distribution company Go Digital, Inc. and Variance Films decided to merge. GoDigital CEO Logan Mulvey and Variance Films President Dylan Marchetti have been working with Kent Sanderson, formerly of Focus Features, since January to acquire films for Amplify, with a focus on quality and originality.
Sanderson said the following of Amplify’s acquisition of The Zero Theorem:
“As someone who wore out a VHS of Brazil and saw Twelve Monkeys in theaters three times, I can say on the whole team’s behalf that we’re incredibly excited to share Gilliam’s new take on society gone awry with the widest possible audience.”
For those unfamiliar, the film stars Christoph Waltz as eccentric computer wizard Qoen Leth, who begins working on a project designed to determine the meaning of life. As Leth struggles to find a solution, he’s beset by a group of strange characters and finds that his own life may be at risk. Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton, David Thewlis, Melanie Thierry and Lucas Hedges all co-star.
Trailers for the decidedly amibitious film have painted it as one of Gilliam’s strangest and most metaphysical outings to date, which means that fans of the director will probably find a lot to like in The Zero Theorem, even if they can’t completely wrap their heads around it.
Though a specific release date has not yet been announced, we can expect to see The Zero Theorem arrive late this summer. Will you be queuing up for the film? Let us know below.