The last film to be directed by Orson Welles might soon be finished, with Netflix stepping in to provide the money and legal help needed to get it out of the vaults, taped together and digitised for the kids to half-watch in a tab and declare rubbish after only ten minutes.
The Other Side of the Wind had a troubled time of it in the early 1970s, when Welles spent six years, on and off, filming and editing it. Since then, a few campaigns to piece it together have come and gone, but this time, thanks to Netflix's pockets, it should happen.
Frank Marshall, the production manager from the film's original 70s attempt at being made has joined the project as a producer of this new version, and he said: "I can’t quite believe it, but after 40 years of trying, I am so very grateful for the passion and perseverance from Netflix that has enabled us to, at long last, finally get into the cutting room to finish Orson's last picture."
The film's staggeringly ironic premise follows the attempts of a legendary film maker to complete his final masterpiece, although it doesn't go so far as to include the director dying and nothing happening for 40 years. [Netflix]