When acclaimed Director, Actor and Writer, Orson Welles, passed away in 1985 he left behind several unfinished projects, including his comeback film The Other Side of the Wind. Now, decades later, Netflix has announced that it will finance the completion and restoration of Orson Welles’ last film, after obtaining global rights to the feature.
The film, which was said to have had a $2-million dollar budget, with half of the film’s funding put up by Welles himself, is a satire of Hollywood that focuses on the last days of a legendary film Director named Jake Hannaford, played by John Huston. The ambitious feature follows the old he-man type director, who is trying to make a very artsy film named The Other Side of the Wind. Much like Citizen Kane, the film begins at the end and kicks off with a scene of Hannaford’s death. The film is said to be sharp and cutty, with raw and rough mockumentary-style footage. The movie also features Hannaford’s film, in a film-inside-the-film style.
Producer Frank Marshall, who served as a Production Manager on the original production will oversee the completion of the film, working closely alongside Filip Jan Rymsza.
“Like so many others who grew up worshipping the craft and vision of Orson Welles, this is a dream come true,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer.
“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.”