It always feels a little weird to discuss sequels that never were when it comes to classics like Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove. The 1964 film has been immortalized in cinema history books, but it recently came to light that Kubrick wanted to make a second part to the Cold War tale — and he almost appointed Terry Gilliam to direct it.
Son of Strangelove, an unfinished script by Easy Rider scribe Terry Southern, would have found the eponymous doctor in an underground bunker surrounded by women. "I was told after Kubrick died — by someone who had been dealing with him — that he had been interested in trying to do another Strangelove with me directing. I never knew about that until after he died but I would have loved to," Gilliam said this year of the project.
Index cards storyboarding the sequel were found amongst Southern's belongings after his death in 1995. Gilliam's imagination seems to come alive most when characters are situated in peculiar spaces: 12 Monkeys' asylum, the room where Sam is restrained in Brazil, the hotel room in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the frightening farmhouse in Tideland, etc. We imagine Gilliam would have conjured up something incredible for Dr. Strangelove's nuclear bunker.
Those thoughts will remain a fantasy, but Gilliam fans have the director's Zero Theorem to look forward to when the film finally hits theaters after its debut in Venice last month.
[via Twitch Film]
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