Netflix to restore and release unfinished Orson Welles film

Orson Welles (Source: Photograph:( Others )

WION Delhi, India Mar 15, 2017, 09.31 AM (IST)

Netflix has announced to restore and release Orson Welles film titled “The Other Side of the Wind”, unfinished since the early 1970s. The company will finance the restoration of the movie, a 1970 film starring John Huston and Dennis Hopper. 

Frank Marshall who also worked on the original film will be a part of the restoration project. As part of the official statement, he 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.”

The movie is a self-aware industry drama. Work on the original movie had started in 1970 but was left unfinished in 1976 owing to a couple of problems like finance, Oswell’s ambitious editing process that involved making five different versions of the film simultaneously among others. 

The plot of “The Other Side of the Wind” revolves around the life story of a veteran filmmaker struggling to complete his final film while competing with a crop of younger directors. It stars John Huston in the lead as the filmmaker. The movie also starred Dennis Hopper and Peter Bogdanovich, who are expected to consult on the restoration as well. 

The movie was previously attempted to be released as part of a crowdfunding campaign backed by Clint Eastwood and JJ Abrams, but it failed to come together. More than $400,000 was raised in the process but issues around dispute of ownership of the negatives stalled it indefinitely. 

In their official release, Ted Sarandos, the chief content officer at Netflix said, “Like so many others who grew up worshipping the craft and vision of Orson Welles, this is a dream come true. The promise of being able to bring to the world this unfinished work of Welles with his true artistic intention intact, is a point of pride for me and for Netflix. Cinephiles and film enthusiasts around the world will experience the magic of Orson Welles once again or for the very first time.”

Works of the legendary director-actor Orson Welles’ continues to survive in the form of classic movies like Citizen Kane, considered the greatest film of all time, by critics worldwide.