John Malkovich's 'The Movie You Will Never See' Is Getting A Showcase At Cannes

Into the vault it goes.

Filmmakers have experimented plenty with time in the history of cinema, as it pertains to both story and technical process. Some movies such as Minority Report try to transport us to a reasonable prediction of the future, while others tell a story across a long stretch of time with the same characters. The most extreme recent example of the latter, Boyhood, actually filmed across 12 years to present as honest a portrayal of growing up as possible. It's a very affecting film and an impressive achievement of a long-term vision, but if John Malkovich's latest project ends up a success, it'll blow that time investment out of the water. 

Called 100 Years – The Movie You Will Never See, the project is really all in the name. Written by and starring Malkovich, it's directed by Robert Rodriguez and won't hit theaters until November 18, 2115. Appropriately, it centers on a world set a century into the future and was announced last November in collaboration with Louis XIII cognac.

The film will be showcased at Cannes this year, but no one will actually get to watch it in full. According to a press release, the project will be put in a special safe that'll open automatically in 2115 so as to "ensure that 100 Years remains secure until its official premiere." The draw of such a stunt is simple, yet fascinating: those who are alive to see it will undoubtedly get a kick out of the filmmakers' vision for their reality.

Unless you're a newborn baby with exceptional genes, it's very unlikely you'll get to attend the premiere and boast how you were actually alive in 2015. That said, at least your shot of hearing Wu-Tang's secret album in 88 years doesn't sound quite as bad anymore.


Check out the only footage of the film you're likely to ever see:


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