Terry Gilliam To Godfather Retro, Sci-Fi Fantasy ‘1884’

The hot new job title to have around Hollywood is Creative Godfather. Christopher Nolan is the most prominent name to have the mantle, as he overlooks Zack Snyder‘s upcoming “Superman: The Man Of The Steel” but another helmer has quickly taken a shine to the new moniker.

Director Terry Gilliam is set to take on the role of Creative Adviser to the forthcoming “1884,” a film that will mix live-action puppets and CGI. The ambitious film “imagines 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.” The picture will be directed by Tim Ollive, a digital animator who actually has a long relationship with Gilliam, having worked with him previously on a number of films including “The Life of Brian,” “The Meaning of Life,” “The Fisher King” and “The Brothers Grimm.”

The film will use actors’ filmed eyes and mouths and insert them onto CGI heads, while “backgrounds will feature collages of miniatures, film, graphics and period photography.” All of this will be done on a tiny $8 million budget.

In case you missed it, Gilliam’s last effort was the energy drink mini-movie thing “The Legend Of Hallowdega.” He’s currently gearing a production of Berlioz’s “The Damnation of Faust” at the English National Opera in London that will keep him from getting to the film until September 2011 at the earliest, so no word yet on what is happening with his long delayed “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” which found its financing fall apart earlier this fall.

We feel for Gilliam and we like his bravely individualistic stance, but he hasn’t made a good movie in a while. Perhaps he should heed the advice of his “The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus” star Christopher Plummer who thinks he should get a writer. We think that’s a great idea and there’s nothing more that we’d love to see than Gilliam direct the hell out of a great fantasy script—even if it’s not his own.

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Lvndr HppE: The movie sounds amazing. But can we talk about the placement of the microphone? True lol!

Tanya_Birklid19 at 5:11 pm January 07

Yes I quite agree with you. The microphone is starting to fascinate me very much. Now is it tellung him ro shut up, judging by the look on his face or is it attached? Very fascinating.

arkennedy at 6:48 pm January 07

To me it almost looks like Gilliam is fascinated by the microphone :)

Jatta at 2:23 am January 08

surely he has seen a microphone before, he looks though he hasn't... or maybe it just bit him in the nose...

Tanya_Birklid19 at 4:28 pm January 09

Yes, he could be fascinated by the microphone, and pretty soon he's probably gonna bop it like a cat playing with a toy.

Tanya_Birklid19: Looks amazing!! Just the use of puppetry and CGI, plus the set . . . amazing.

Jatta: This sounds promising :)

TheRealGilliamFan: That's a GREAT picture :D :D

Here is promo/pilot for it. It will be produced by Gilliam and directed by Tim Ollive, who has worked on all of Gilliam's films, and I think, on one of the Python films too.