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The Imaginarium of Terry Gilliam

Parndes2Remember all those critics who were so shocked by Terry Gilliam’s Tideland that they predicted that would never make another film? Well, he doesn’t listen to his critics, so why should you? The Gilliam fanzine Dreams reports that he is in pre-production on The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus, a fantasy adventure that sounds like classic Gilliam.

The film will star Heath Ledger, Christopher Plummer, Verne Troyer and Tom Waits, and was written by Gilliam with Charles McKeown, his collaborator on The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. Dreams describes the script as a Faustian tale of a traveling magician desperate to save his daughter from being collected by Satan in fulfillment of their bargain. (Waits will play Satan, and that alone is reason to look forward to this.)

The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus is set to open in early 2009, but don’t buy your tickets yet—it’s not entirely unheard of for Gilliam’s films to run behind schedule. I’m just happy that he’s back at work. You know the gag that after the apocalypse the only surviving creatures will be cockroaches and Keith Richards? I suspect Gilliam will be on hand too to film them. (Hey, I’d pay to see a Terry Gilliam movie about a post-nuke world inhabited by roaches and Keef!)

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