Gilliam: No zombies in Zero Theorem
Terry Gilliam has revealed that his new film Zero Theorem is an "honest and funny" film, without any superheroes or zombies.
The Monty Python star is directing the sci-fi film, which stars Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Tilda Swinton and Ben Whishaw, which will debut at the Venice Film Festival.
According to Collider, he wrote: "When I made Brazil in 1984, I was trying to paint a picture of the world I thought we were living in then. The Zero Theorem is a glimpse of the world I think we are living in now.
"Pat Rushin's script intrigued me with the many existential ideas he had incorporated into his funny, philosophic, and touching tale. For example: What gives meaning to our lives, brings us happiness? Can we ever be alone in our increasingly connected and constricted world? Is that world under control or simply chaotic?"
The 72-year-old added: "We've tried to make a film that is honest, funny, beautiful and surprising; a simple film about a complex modern man waiting for a call to give meaning to his life; about inescapable relationships and the longing for love, full of quirky characters and sparkling performances; raising questions without offering obvious answers.
"Hopefully, it's unlike any film you have seen recently; no zombies, no caped crusaders or alien spacecraft. Actually, I might have lied about that last item," he joked.
Terry - who directed The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus and Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas - said the film's budget proved to be a challenge.
"Having not worked with a budget this small for several decades, I was forced to work fast and instinctively, pressured only by time and money. We relied on the freedom to spin on a dime, to make outrageous creative leaps. The results surprised even me," he added.