Orson Welles is one of the most iconic filmmakers of all time, and now Netflix is bringing one of his lost works to theaters.
The Other Side of the Wind is a movie Welles worked on and filmed form 1970 to 1976, but he never successfully finished. The reels of film were left in a Paris vault after Welles’ death in 1985, before Netflix decided last year to purchase them and fund an effort to edit the movie together. They’ve now agreed to release the movie into theaters later this year.
The movie was actually supposed to air at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this month, alongside four other Netflix films. However the streaming service decided to pull their films after the festival said they would only allow movies released in theaters to compete for their prizes.
The Welles family implored Netflix to release the movie into theaters anyways, as that’s how Orson would have wanted it. While Netflix hasn’t announced the official schedule, it does appear that the movie will appear in theaters.
The Other Side of the Wind is about a famed director who is attempting to make a comeback film late in his life, which is obviously semi-autobiographical seeing as that’s exactly what Welles was attempting to do with this movie.