Sony Pictures Classics Releasing Gilliam's Imaginarium in December

August 13, 2009

Heath Ledger - Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

I'm surprised it took this long (after Cannes and Comic-Con) for Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus to find a distributor here in the US, but that's how Hollywood works I guess. Variety has confirmed what we've been hearing - Sony Pictures Classics has acquired Parnassus and will release it sometime later this year. SlashFilm is saying that it might hit on Christmas Day, but that's an early rumor, and they might do a staggered release to build Oscar buzz anyway. An international trailer for Parnassus hit the web recently as well (watch it here), but I've been waiting for a high definition version of it to feature.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is a very interesting film to market and release, not only because it comes from the imaginative mind of Terry Gilliam and features plenty of trippy CGI scenes set in Parnassus' imagination while all wrapped around a funky premise. But it is also Heath Ledger's very last film, and, as we all know, it also features three cameos from Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell, who filled in for Ledger after his tragic death last year. I saw this in Cannes twice (read my review) and enjoyed it, so I will be supporting it, as I think it's one of Gilliam's better films. But I'm curious to see what SPC does with it.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, written and directed by Terry Gilliam, stars Christopher Plummer, Verne Troyer, Lily Cole, Tom Waits, and Heath Ledger. If you're a Gilliam fan, then there's no doubt you'll be seeing this in theaters. As for everyone else, well, are you planning on catching it on the big screen?

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  • Angry Chief
    I guess everyone's a fan. Hell yeah!
  • Allen Reeve
    I like Terry Gilliam from the early python day's, but now aday's is film are about out of this world for me like everyone been stoned on drug's or what?
  • DoomCanoe
  • I will probably see this movie because of Heath Ledger but this doesn't mean that the movie will not be pretty good in it's way!
  • CatieLee
    It looks great. I can't wait.
  • Don EU
    When will we see release dates for Europe?
  • Don EU
    EDIT: When will we see release dates for Scandinavia? (=
  • Caitie
    IT'S ABOUT TIME!!!! I've been waiting for this forever. I will be there!!!!!
  • chris
    I've been so eager to see a trailer of this, or hear news of the film, and to tell you the truth that trailer didnt really draw me in :(. It's very "MirrorMask" (not a bad thing at all), and I guess i just wasn't expecting it to be that way. But hey, its just the trailer.... I'm sure the film will at least be likable.
  • I am eager to see Heath Ledger in a movie again. He was amazing.
  • brou
    Alex : "An international trailer for Parnassus hit the web recently as well, but I've been waiting for a high definition version of it to feature." Maybe it's HD enough :




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