Variety is reporting that Terry Gilliam’s “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,” featuring the final performance of late actor Heath Ledger, has likely found a U.S. buyer in Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group. The film – which also features Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell jointly filling in Ledger’s unfinished scenes – could be released this year via Sony Pictures Classics. Variety noted the deal “has long been in the works and could be made official this week.” “Parnassus” has already found various distributors in European territories including the U.K., France, Germany and Italy.
“The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” premiered out of competition in Cannes back in May. indieWIRE‘s Eric Kohn said upon the film’s premiere: “Marred by shoddy special effects and half-formed fantastical conceits, Terry Gilliam’s “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” has the feeling of a comic fantasia desperately seeking to find its rhythm.”
Check back with indieWIRE for official confirmation of “Parnassus”‘s deal.