If you’ve ever heard of The Other Side of the Wind, you’ll know that it was never finished and has just been left hanging – much to the dismay of fans – for over 40 years. Orson Welles began filming the movie in 1970 and stopped in 1976.
However, the movie is known as being incredibly complicated and troubled in terms of its production schedule. Apparently, the filming was plagued with finance difficulties, as well as casting and production problems. On top of all of this this, The Other Side of the Wind even encountered legal problems that lead to the film being unfinished. With Orson Welles’ death in 1985, the movie was still left hanging.
Yet fans had perked ears in 2015 when the production company Royal Road Entertainment bought the rights to the movie. Unfortunately, they didn’t quite have the money to pay for the production, so the production team, its actors, and cast launched a funding campaign on the international crowdfunding website, Indiegogo. Fans rallied to help the production company get the money they needed to finally finish the movie, and raised $400,000 of its $2 million goal.
Fans recently, however, have since become disheartened after their generous donations were notably going…nowhere. Royal Road Entertainment remained relatively quiet after the money was raised, and nothing was said about The Other Side of the Wind since last summer. It now seems like Royal Road Entertainment hadn’t been able to fulfill their half of the deal, but not all is lost. It has now been reported that Netflix has bought the rights and will be finishing the movie instead.
Netflix producer, Filip Jan Rymsza has said that they will be working hard on the pre-production of The Other Side of the Wind but that they aren’t working towards a specific release date. He says, ‘We are really going to focus on just finishing the film. And, again, what makes Netflix such as great partner is that they are going to give us the time to do so.’
Although fans might have to wait a bit longer, it seems like the movie is now in the right hands and will be given the justice that Orson Welles would want.
The Other Side of the World was initially meant to be a dig at another filmmaker, Michelangelo Antonioni (we love that, Welles. The original Mean Girls) and stars an Ernest Hemingway-inspired character who tries to worm his way into a Hollywood career. The film is noted as being stylish and incredibly art-focused. So we’ll see. Netflix, we believe in you.