“The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus
” directed by Terry Gilliam
(former Monty Python
star), which cost $20m to make was finished in August last year.
But the “fantastic” tale is struggling to find a buyer and secure a US distribution deal.
Despite the huge publicity and big-name cast, Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Jude Law
and Colin Farrell
, negotiations with several prospective commercial partners are ongoing, but no release date has been set.
One concern among buyers may be the film’s complicated synopsis, involving a surreal contest between the 1,000-year-old Dr Parnassus (played by Christopher Plummer
) and the devil (known as Mr Nick, and played by Tom Waits
). Ledger’s character, Tony, is a mysterious outsider who apparently travels through a dream world.
If Gilliam cannot find a distributor willing to pay the going rate for rights to screen it in cinemas, Heath Ledger’s final film,”The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus” will go straight to DVD.