With his long-in-development The Man Who Killed Don Quixote delayed yet again, director Terry Gilliam is lining up a different project to tackle as his follow-up to The Imaginarium of Doctor Panassus. Deadline reports that Christoph Waltz is set to star in The Zero Theorem, which is slated as Gilliam’s next film. The pic is characteristically odd, as Waltz will play a character named Qohen Leth who is an eccentric computer genius bent on discovering the purpose of existence, or lack therof, through a mysterious project.
The script by Pat Rushin takes place in “an Orwellian corporate world where ‘mancams’ serve as the eyes of a shadowy figure known only as Mangaement.” Waltz’s character is distracted by a love interest pestering him with “virtual sex” propositions and the rebellious teenage son of Management. As the story progresses, it becomes clear that Management is none too happy about Leth’s mysterious project. Production is scheduled to get underway in Europe on October 22nd.