A wise man once said to me ” Paul if you’re going to do it better doing it right” he was right and this is what Netflix are doing as well.From TV shows, movies the streaming giants covering all their bases and yesterday they acquired the global rights and will finance the completion and restoration of the legendary filmmaker Orson Welles’ last film, The Other Side of the Wind.
Like many iconic filmmakers and actors, it was not unusual for many of them to have unfinished projects like Orson Welles.His last movie The Other Side of The Wind which Welles himself started shooting in 1970 and 47 years on the project will finally get it’s ending. A film with a fantastic ensemble cast with the likes of John Huston, Peter Bogdanovich, Lilli Palmer and Dennis Hopper.
Producer Frank Marshall, who served as a Production Manager on the original production and has led efforts to complete this film for over forty years, will oversee the completion of the film, working closely with fellow producer Filip Jan Rymsza, whose involvement was instrumental in pursuing the film’s completion.
Working with Netflix, Marshall will oversee the restoration and completion of the film with consultation from Peter Bogdanovich ho was one of the original cast.
The film, a satire of Hollywood, focuses on the last days of a legendary film director named Jake Hannaford (played by Huston), who is struggling to forge his last great comeback as a major filmmaker. Hannaford is hard at work on his final masterpiece, The Other Side of The Wind.
Welles is one of the most respected actors, writers, producers and filmmakers in cinema history. He worked in theatre, radio and film, and won an Academy Award for co-writing the film Citizen Kane(1941), considered by many as one of the all-time greatest films. His other great works include the 1938 radio broadcast The War of the Worlds, his landmark Broadway adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, and his acclaimed films The Magnificent Ambersons(1942) and Touch of Evil(1958). Welles passed away in 1985.
Like many other Masters of Cinema, let’s hope Netflix give Orson Welles final movie the care and respect the movie truly deserves.