The Zero Theorem (TBA)

Billy Bob Thornton
Director: Terry Gilliam

U.S. Opening Date: TBA


Based on a screenplay by Pat Rushin, The Zero Theorem is a sci-fi western thriller largely set in a church laboratory. Billy Bob Thornton will be playing an ingenious recluse who, while working on a mysterious project, tries to answer the really big questions of life. Some of the science fiction elements include a virtual psychiatrist that runs on a computer screen; cyber-suits that enable voyages into virtual the soul; a legion of clones that don't appear to be clones after all, if you look at them on DNA level.

- Source: Planet Origo


Few Hollywood directors have had a career as frustrating as that of Terry Gilliam whose oeuvre includes quirky and brilliant efforts such as Brazil, Time Bandits and The Fisher King amongst others.

Unfortunately his offbeat sensibilities have brought him into conflict with Hollywood money bosses. Most of his movies are simply too weird for mainstream tastes and they end up being box office disappointments. Also, his most recent efforts (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Brothers Grimm) can be described as “diluted” Gilliam at best. One would like to think that his recent movies are disappointing because of creative interference by nervous suits, but deep down one suspects that Gilliam may have lost his touch altogether.

The Zero Theorem might however prove us wrong. Hopefully.

Insiders who have read the screenplay think that the screenplay is so uncommercial (read: excellent) that it is absolutely amazing that the project is getting made at all!

“I really can’t believe this was given the green light,” writes “I’m absolutely ecstatic that it was, but still utterly shocked – the budget must be very reasonable. To put it simply, this was a smart and unpredictable screenplay that will not only require intelligence on the part of everybody in the cast and crew, but the audience will also be expected to switch on and fire all cylinders too. Are they going to be prepared to do that? I think they’ll be thankful for the opportunity.”

So here’s crossing our fingers. Zero Theorem just might be the Terry Gilliam film that we have been hoping for all these years.


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