Gilliam Goes Steampunk With “1884”

Terry Gilliam and visual effects artist Tim Ollive are teaming for “1884” which is described as an $8 million “mixed-media adventure” reports Variety.

The project is described as an espionage story set in an alternate 1884 where the industrial revolution went a lot further and faster along than it has – resulting in a futuristic imperial metropolis beset with steam-powered flying cars and the scientific advancement of mankind.

The story will mix animation, live-action puppetry and CGI while the backgrounds will blend period photography, miniatures and graphics. Ollive will direct while Gilliam will serve as both producer and “creative advisor”, and says that the visuals are “not slick and sleek CG work, such as studios in L.A. particularly produce. It looks crafted by an artisan, and the scale and design are spectacular.”

Ollive co-wrote the screenplay with Dennis de Groot, while famed Monty Python cast members will provide voices (though which particular names have yet to be revealed).