Netflix to Fund Completion of Orson Welles' Unfinished Final Work

In what's sure to be thrilling news for film fans, Netflix has announced that they will be funding the completion of the Orson Welles' unfinished final film, "The Other Side of the Wind."

"Citizen Kane" is widely considered to be the greatest film ever made. I'm personally partial to "Touch of Evil," which has one of the most spectacularly entrancing long take shots in history. Check it out below: 

Either way, there's no doubting Welles' filmmaking prowess. A 2015 Indiegogo campaign failed to raise the needed funds to finish his final work (check out the video above for a good summary of the story), but now, Netflix has picked up the rights and will complete editing of the film according to Welles' notes. Producers Frank Marshall and Peter Bogdonovich, who both worked on the original, are both ecstatic at the news, having worked for decades to complete the film. Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos notes:

The promise of being able to bring to the world this unfinished work of Welles with his true artistic intention intact is a point of pride for me and for Netflix.

Netflix has not yet announced a release date, but the negatives have already been shipped from Paris to Los Angeles to begin the process. It's exciting news for film buffs everywhere! 

[via No Film School]

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Thank you Alex for that clip! I have never seen that movie and that long take was fantastic. I don't recall ever seeing that being done in an older movie. Or maybe I just never noticed it. At times it looked like something filmed today with a drone. I also didn't realize one of my favorite actors, Charlton Heston, was in the scene until the very end. Awesome.

"Netflix has not yet announced a release date, but the negatives have already been shipped from Paris to Los Angeles to begin the process."

I wonder why they were in France and what condition they are in?

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Not sure on that, but I believe they're mostly in shape, though it's probably wise to digitize them asap.

Really bizarre how with so much money in the hands of actors and actresses that this project couldn't have been completed a long time ago. These are people that are supposed to be supportive of the arts. 🎭 Funny how that works.