Terry Gilliam has encountered considerable challenges in securing funding for his recent projects, to the extent that he’s hinted at the possibility of retirement. Nevertheless, in April, Gilliam Dreams, a fan site, had circulated reports suggesting that the director was on the verge of helming “The Carnival at the End of Days.”
Indeed, it has been confirmed that Gilliam aspires to direct ‘Carnival‘ as his upcoming feature. However, as the familiar story goes, he’s facing a challenge in securing the necessary funding. Gilliam humorously shared this predicament with the audience at the Lumière Film Festival, even going so far as to jestingly inquire if anyone in the room happened to possess Elon Musk’s contact information.
The film’s concept centers on the idea of God’s desire to eliminate humanity due to profound disappointment with the state of affairs on Earth. However, Satan persuades God to instead create a new Adam and Eve, ushering in a rejuvenated and improved version of humanity.
Gilliam had previously discussed this project in a September interview, where he revealed collaborating with a “young screenwriter” on the script, which was nearing its final draft. The identity of the screenwriter, as it turns out, is Christopher Brett Bailey.
Additionally, during a recent interview in French, he disclosed that the budget for this film is estimated to be approximately $30 million.
Gilliam’s most recent directorial effort was “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” in 2018, a project he had been striving to bring to life for over two decades but it came and went without much excitement.
This is essentially the underlying reason behind Gilliam’s difficulty in securing funding for his projects. His films over the past 25 years have seen both critical and commercial disappointments. Investing $30 million in a legendary filmmaker with a mixed track record is undoubtedly a substantial risk for any producer.
It’s easy to overlook the significance and essential cinematic contributions Terry Gilliam made during his prime, particularly during his intense battle with Universal for the final edit of his 1985 masterpiece, “Brazil.” Throughout the years, he has delivered several outstanding films, such as “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” and “12 Monkeys.”
Source: World of Reel