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Parnassus in trouble?

02.24.2009

There is a murmur afoot that Heath Ledger's final movie, THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR PARNASSUS may have trouble finding US distribution. The film also stars Colin Farrell, Johnny Depp and Jude Law, who stepped in to complete the role that Ledger had started.

During the summer there were several interested parties, reportedly including Lionsgate, but since, things have died down. You can read the full lowdown HERE, but the gist is the usual bullshit of 'too experimental' and 'not marketable enough' and that kind of garbage. Obviously, the most important thing to remember at this obviously difficult time (especially with that emotional speech from Ledger's family at the Oscars) is that UK distribution is already secure, so, living over here in London, I'm ok.
Extra Tidbit: Depp, Farrell and Law donated their earnings for this movie to Ledger's daughter Matilda.
Source: RiskyBusiness

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8:45PM on 02/24/2009

F.F.S.


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7:47PM on 02/24/2009
There's no way this won't get released in the US. Even if it's a limited release (which I greatly doubt) to art-house theaters it will happen.

Gilliam's track record with the "general audience" aside, the names attached to this will generate demand.
There's no way this won't get released in the US. Even if it's a limited release (which I greatly doubt) to art-house theaters it will happen.

Gilliam's track record with the "general audience" aside, the names attached to this will generate demand.
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7:03PM on 02/24/2009
not marketable enough? how does heath ledger's last film not marketable enough!?!?!
not marketable enough? how does heath ledger's last film not marketable enough!?!?!
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5:56PM on 02/24/2009

What's next?

First "I Love You, Phillip Morris", now this one ... what's going on? It's not like they are so hard to sell. Big names and positive buzz is already there.
First "I Love You, Phillip Morris", now this one ... what's going on? It's not like they are so hard to sell. Big names and positive buzz is already there.
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5:49PM on 02/24/2009
i for one am waiting very much for this flick, and me being in uk atm is all the good i need to know
damn, alucard- thanks for remindin me to hurry up on booking my seat for imax
i for one am waiting very much for this flick, and me being in uk atm is all the good i need to know
damn, alucard- thanks for remindin me to hurry up on booking my seat for imax
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5:44PM on 02/24/2009
Dont see this being a long term problem, itl get picked up for distribution by someone, and as Thoo says, its defo coming out in UK so thts all good for me.

JUST BOOKED MY IMAX TICKETS FOR WATCHMEN!
Dont see this being a long term problem, itl get picked up for distribution by someone, and as Thoo says, its defo coming out in UK so thts all good for me.

JUST BOOKED MY IMAX TICKETS FOR WATCHMEN!
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5:43PM on 02/24/2009
Graham Smith, which after brief research, is revealed as the unit publicist, made a comment below the posted article:
"...Canadian distribution is being handled by Seville and US distribution will be confirmed once we have a completed film to screen."

It makes me smirk, when the reader gathers more info than the writer.
Graham Smith, which after brief research, is revealed as the unit publicist, made a comment below the posted article:
"...Canadian distribution is being handled by Seville and US distribution will be confirmed once we have a completed film to screen."

It makes me smirk, when the reader gathers more info than the writer.
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5:41PM on 02/24/2009
Well yeah. It looks like it'll be an interesting movie for people who like Gilliam's "Shabby Historical" look, and I am one of them, but it's not going to pull them in at the multiplexes.
Well yeah. It looks like it'll be an interesting movie for people who like Gilliam's "Shabby Historical" look, and I am one of them, but it's not going to pull them in at the multiplexes.
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5:29PM on 02/24/2009

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um some explain to me how this wouldn't be marketable?
like a poster said below:
The final film of academy award winner heath ledger. really thats all you need.
Poor gilliam always seems to have a run of bad luck
um some explain to me how this wouldn't be marketable?
like a poster said below:
The final film of academy award winner heath ledger. really thats all you need.
Poor gilliam always seems to have a run of bad luck
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5:25PM on 02/24/2009
They're right, of course. This is too artsy-fartsy. What we need is a sequel to Beverly Hills Chihuahua. And a couple more of those Medea movies.
They're right, of course. This is too artsy-fartsy. What we need is a sequel to Beverly Hills Chihuahua. And a couple more of those Medea movies.
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5:11PM on 02/24/2009
From the Monty Python's Terry Gilliam, director of BRAZIL and TWELVE MONKEYS.

The final film of ACADEMY AWARD-WINNER Heath Ledger.

And starring JOHNNY DEPP, JUDE LAW, and COLIN FARRELL.

Come on.

I mean, come on. Not profitable, my ass.
From the Monty Python's Terry Gilliam, director of BRAZIL and TWELVE MONKEYS.

The final film of ACADEMY AWARD-WINNER Heath Ledger.

And starring JOHNNY DEPP, JUDE LAW, and COLIN FARRELL.

Come on.

I mean, come on. Not profitable, my ass.
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