Netflix to Complete Unfinished Orson Welles Film

Netflix announced that they acquired the rights to restore and finish Orson Welles’ film The Other Side of the Wind.

Orson Welles may be best known for writing, directing and starring in what is widely considered to be the greatest film of all time, Citizen Kane, but he had issues getting movies made later in his career.  At the time of his death in 1985 his final movie, The Other Side of the Wind, remained unfinished although he started shooting back in 1970. According to Coming Soon, Netflix has acquired the rights to restore and finish the film that was started over 40 years ago.

Producer Frank Marshall will oversee the finishing of the film and had the following to say:

“I can’t quite believe it, but after 40 years of trying, I am so very grateful for the passion and perseverance from Netflix that has enabled us to, at long last, finally get into the cutting room to finish Orson’s last picture.” 

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Here’s the film’s synopsis from Coming Soon:

“Orson Welles’ The Other Side of the Wind is the story of the 70th birthday party of film director Jake Hannaford who is trying to make a comeback. It shows his film-within-a-film as we slowly learn about the director himself. It shows a cynical view of 1970s Hollywood after the studio system became a thing of the past. It was shot in a number of styles including black-and-white, 18, 16 and 35mm, color and still photography. The film starred John Huston, Bob Random, Peter Bogdanovich, Susan Strasberg and Oja Kodar. Producer Frank Marshall will oversee the finishing of the film. In a statement, Marshall said, “I can’t quite believe it, but after 40 years of trying, I am so very grateful for the passion and perseverance from Netflix that has enabled us to, at long last, finally get into the cutting room to finish Orson’s last picture.” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos reportedly said that he grew up worshiping Welles so that this is a “point of pride” for himself and for Netflix. Bogdanovich will also help with editing for the film.”

Are you interested in checking out Orson Welles’ The Other Side of the Wind after it is finally completed by Netflix?  There’s no release date set yet, but I will keep you informed as soon as I learn any new details.

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