Amplify and Well Go USA Entertainment have teamed up to acquire the U.S. rights to acclaimed director Terry Gilliam's science-fiction opus, The Zero Theorem. The partners will release the film to theaters across the US in late summer, with a home video release to follow. Amplify will handle theatrical and digital distribution rights, with Well Go USA releasing the film on DVD and Blu-ray.
Directed by Gilliam (Brazil, 12 Monkeys, Monty Python and The Holy Grail), The Zero Theorem stars two-time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained, Inglourious Basterds) as Qohen Leth, an eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst. Living in isolation in a burnt-out church, Qohen is obsessively working on a mysterious project personally delegated to him by Management (Matt Damon) aimed at discovering the meaning of life - or the lack thereof - once and for all. Increasingly disturbed by unwanted visits from people he doesn't fully trust, including the flirtatious Bainsley (Mélanie Thierry), Management's wunderkind son Bob (Lucas Hedges), his unpredictable colleague Joby (David Thewlis), and would-be digital therapist Dr. Shrink-Rom (Tilda Swinton), it's only when he experiences the power of love and desire that he's able to understand his own reason for being.
Here's what Amplify's Kent Sanderson had to say in a statement.
"For all of us at Amplify and Well Go, it's an absolute dream to have the chance to work with a visionary like Terry. As someone who wore out a VHS of Brazil and saw 12 Monkeys in theaters three times, I can say on the whole team's behalf that we're incredibly excited to share his new take on society gone awry with the widest possible audience."
Director Terry Gilliam had this to say in his statement.
"The Zero Theorem is a very unique film that I'm especially proud of, so it is a relief to be distributed by a company that is not afraid to push the boundaries."
The Zero Theorem was directed by Terry Gilliam from a script by Pat Rushin, and produced by Academy Award winner Nicolas Chartier and Dean Zanuck. The deal was orchestrated by Elisabeth Costa de Beauregard Rose of Voltage Pictures on behalf of the filmmakers, Sanderson, Dylan Marchetti, and Logan Mulvey on behalf of Amplify and Doris Pfardrescher on behalf of Well Go USA.