Netflix Is in Talks to Restore and Release Orson Welles' Lost Film
Published Apr 05, 2016Good news for cinephiles hoping to see Orson Welles' lost film The Other Side of the Wind: Netflix is currently in negotiations to complete and release the project.
The film was initially shot between 1970 and 1976, and tells the story of a director trying to revive his career with a sex-and-violence laden project. Unfortunately, numerous production problems meant the film went unfinished.
According to Wellesnet [via The Playlist], Netflix is currently in negotiations with Oja Kodar, Welles' partner who co-owns the rights to the film.
Netflix is hoping to spend $5 million and secure a two-picture deal. Along with The Other Side of the Wind, which they plan to finish and release, they're also hoping to produce a documentary about the lost film.
The Other Side of the Wind stars John Huston, Peter Bogdanovich, Henry Jaglom, Susan Strasberg, Dennis Hopper, Paul Mazursky and Claude Chabrol.
This wouldn't be the first time someone tried to complete and release The Other Side of the Wind. In 1999, Bogdanovich tried to finish the film for Showtime, but the project ultimately failed.