Parnassus Hits A Snag

Hollywood sceptical over final Heath Ledger film.

A deal to distribute Heath Ledger’s final film ‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus’ in the US has not yet been finalised.

Despite topping the current charts as the Joker in ‘The Dark Knight’, Hollywood film chiefs have warned that Heath Ledger’s final movie could make little impact at the box office.

Filming for the project had not been completed when Ledger died in January this year. Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell were recruited to play “transformations” of Ledger’s character Tony as he travels through dimensions in the fantasy-adventure movie.

One distribution executive told the publication: “In this market, unless I have a reason to think a movie like this is going to be a slam dunk I’m not going to take a flyer on it, even with Heath Ledger.”

Another source added: “For all the elements in this film, it is a Terry Gilliam picture, and as much as you want a movie of his to be good, you have to be careful.”

‘Parnassus’ was written and directed by Terry Gilliam, who has not been known to make commercially-friendly movies since his 1995 hit ‘Twelve Monkeys’.

‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus’ is currently scheduled to be released next year.