John Malkovich has a movie aptly titled 100 Years or “The Movie You’ll Never See” which is locked away in Cognac, France.
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John Malkovich is no stranger to experimental cinema. After all, we’re talking about the guy who played himself in a movie where people could enter his mind through a portal and the puppeteer. However, his experimental sci-fi film 100 years really takes the cake.
Although the film’s subject matter and plot are quite straightforward, we’ll never know. Why? Good, 100 years will not be released until November 18, 2115.
Some details have been released, though the film is mostly shrouded in mystery. We know it stars John Malkovich as the male lead, Taiwanese actress Shuya Chang as the female lead, and Chilean actor Marko Zaror as the antagonist. Robert Rodriguez is directing the film.
The film dates back to 2015 when Robert Rodriguez and John Malkovich announced that they were working with Louis XIII Cognac to make a short film inspired by the 100-year-old process required to make a bottle of liqueur. Apparently Rodriguez thought the movie was going to be a brandy commercial, but instead they decided to lock it down and give the movie the tagline “The Movie You’ll Never See.” It seems like a fair catchphrase, because anyone old enough to enjoy cognac right now probably won’t be alive to watch the movie in 2115.
It’s not all smoke and mirrors. You can watch the three teasers released in 2018 titled Retro, Nature, and Future if you want to get an idea of what the movie might look like. While it’s not quite as satisfying as seeing the movie itself, it’s probably the best you’ll get unless you can jump into John Malkovich’s head and demand to see a screening. Check out one below:
The weirdness doesn’t end there, however. Currently, the film is kept in a shielded display case in the Louis XIII cellars in Cognac, France. One thousand metal tickets have been distributed which will grant you access to the premiere of the film and if you are a lucky ticket holder you can pass it on to your descendants after your death.
Apparently Pharrell recorded a song for the movie which was performed live at a private party. The song will be released in 2117, so maybe it will be the “Happy” or “Drop It Like It’s Hot” or “Milkshake” of our grandkids’ generation. Either way, if you’re reading this article, you probably won’t see John Malkovich in 100 years, or listen to the song made for it.
Here is the good news. Although we won’t see John Malkovich in 100 years the longtime actor still makes plenty of movies, so we’ve got plenty more of his work to look forward to. In fact, as long as you can get to the end of this year, you can check it out in wash me in the river.
wash me in the river follows a recovering drug addict seeking revenge on the drug dealers whose drugs resulted in the death of his fiancée. Starring Malkovich, the film will star Robert de Niro, Jack Huston, Quavo and Willa Fitzgerald. Randall Emmett is directing with a script by Adam Taylor Barker and Chris Sivertson.
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One of John Malkovich’s most anticipated upcoming films is the directorial debut of Philadelphia is always sunny Charlie Day. The film was announced in 2018, but Day wrote additional pages under the guidance of Guillermo del Toro. Day talked about the changes and advice from Guillermo del Toro, which included changing the name of The Ton, in an interview with Total movie earlier this year.
Along with directing and writing the screenplay, Charlie Day also stars. It will be interesting to see what Day brings to the table, especially with such a star-studded cast on board. In addition to John Malkovich, the film will star Kate Beckinsale, Jason Sudeikis, Edie Falco, Jillian Bell, Ken Jeong, Adrien Brody, Travis Fimmel and the late Ray Liotta.
Although the Charlie Day movie has had its share of delays, we can probably rest assured that we won’t have to wait until 2115 to see it. Moreover, it is impossible that John Malkovich 100 years could live up to the hype it’s building over the next century. At least, that’s what we can tell ourselves to feel better about not seeing it.