The Cannes Film Festival kicks off today (May 11) with all your favourite stars showing up in high fashion to preview the year’s upcoming films (about 50 per cent of which you’ll actually want to see). But the most intriguing film at the fest is the one that you (and anyone else alive today) won’t ever see.
John Malkovich and Robert Rodriguez have teamed up to bring the world 100 Years: The Movie You’ll Never See. So what’s the deal? This movie, financed by Louis XIII cognac (which is aged for 100 years), is sealed in a bulletproof safe timed to open exactly 100 years from November 18, 2015. The safe is on display at the Festival this year, though no one will see the actual movie until it’s much-anticipated premiere in 2115.
Malkovich hasn’t released any real plot details yet, he wouldn’t want to spoil it for anyone. What we do know is: he wrote and starred, Rodriguez directed, and Shuya Chang and Marko Zaror co-star as “hero girl” and “bad guy,” respectively. Most importantly, the movie depicts Malkovich’s vision of what the world will look like in 100 years. Given how well predicting the future has worked out in the past (where is my hoverboard, Robert Zemeckis?), this movie is more likely to give audiences a good laugh than blow their minds. Remember when we were supposed to have flying cars by 2000?
Realistically, we have trouble not chuckling at Channing Tatum’s flip phone in She’s the Man, how is a 22nd century audience going to respond to what will be ancient technology by the time they see it? Also, is there a Blu-ray player in that safe? Because you can’t buy a VCR anymore and those only came out 40 years ago.
In the featurette for the movie, it seems like Malkovich is pretty undecided in his own vision of the future anyway. It shows the same scene with three different CGI sets: one overgrown post-apocalyptic, one Star Wars-esque, and one high-tech hover city.
So which is it? Personally, we’re rooting for the light-up flying cars, but it would also be kind of cool to live in a Star Wars film. Guess we’ll just have to wait to find out. In the meantime, we have a few years to speculate about the movie and the future. Plus, it’s unlikely most of us will be alive when it’s finally released, so let the wild theories fly! You won’t be proven wrong in your lifetime.