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It amuses me that Terry Gilliam is “godfathering” a film into production when he has trouble getting his own films greenlit. Something seems off about this story but we’ll take it since it means we get to see some retro sci-fi goodness making its way to the big screen.

We first caught wind of the project in 2009 when the four minute promo for 1884 appeared online, the same one that Gilliam presented at a Paris FX show last week, and now Variety reports that Gilliam is “godfathering” the project which will be directed by Tim Ollive who previously worked with Gilliam on effects for The Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life.

The film is described as “a film made in 1848 with steam power, narrating a tale of laughable imperialist derring-do and espionage set in a futuristic 1884, when Europe is at war, steam-powered cars fly in the sky and man has landed on the moon.” Further, the producers go on to say that the film will look like animation but will “in fact mix live-action puppets with CGI heads and actors' filmed eyes and mouths. Backgrounds will feature collages of miniatures, film, graphics and period photography.”

Gilliam, officially named "a creative adviser," has done his part to usher this project into production with a budget of $8 million. Not too shabby. Can’t wait to see what Ollive does with that money considering the four minute teaser was made in his bathroom.

Be sure to check out our original story on the project, which includes the much toted 4 minute test footage.

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Jonas (10 years ago) Reply

This is such great news. Awesome.

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