Orson Welles' final film will be screened for the first ever time courtesy of Netflix. The project has languished unfinished in a French film lab since Welles passed away in 1985, but now Netflix has assembled a team to complete the film as Welles intended.
Producer Filip Jan Rymsza is one of the team tasked with what must be one of the most highly prized/scrutinised jobs in film history. All 1,083 reels of film are on their way to Los Angeles, where Rymsza and others will work their magic.
Rymsza said teaming up with Netflix was a match made in heaven.
"I told [Netflix] very early on that to me they were the 'dream release' – to have it global and to be able to have it with that wide of a reach; more than any Orson film by a magnitude of I-don't-know-how-many," he told Wellesnet.
"I felt it was a wonderful match and also one where Orson's film is never going to be judged by its box office. His films weren't commercially successful and I am sure that affected him. The films were appreciated decades later. I felt this was fitting. It will be purely a celebration and nobody is going to be looking at the numbers."
Very true, as Netflix doesn't release viewing figures.
Called 'The Other Side of the Wind', the film tells of an ageing film director who wants to revive his flagging career. It was shot over many years in the 1970s, and featured directors John Huston and Peter Bogdanovich.
However, it ran into financial and legal troubles that delayed its completion.
The deal with Netflix also reportedly includes a 35mm print of the finished film, which means we could see a cinema release too. How's that for a happy ending?