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Orson Welles’ Final Film ‘Other Side of the Wind’ Nears Completion, Hires Post-Production Team (EXCLUSIVE)

Orson Welles’ unfinished final film, “The Other Side of the Wind,” is nearing completion following the hiring of Academy Award winners Bob Murawski as editor and Scott Millan as sound mixer.

The producers have also tapped negative cutter Mo Henry, who has worked on more than 300 films, along with Ruth Hasty as post-production supervisor.

Netflix acquired global rights in March to ‘The Other Side of the Wind” and is financing the completion of the movie with plans for a 2018 release. The film was shot by Welles beginning in 1970 from a screenplay he co-wrote with Oja Kodar. It stars John Huston, Peter Bogdanovich, Kodar, Robert Random, Lilli Palmer, Edmond O’Brien, Cameron Mitchell, Mercedes McCambridge, Susan Strasberg, Norman Foster, Paul Stewart, and Dennis Hopper.

Producer Frank Marshall, who served as a production manager on the original production and has led efforts to complete this film for more than 40 years, is overseeing completion of the film with consultation from Bogdanovich.

“After all these years, I can’t quite believe we are starting post production on ‘The Other Side of the Wind,'” Marshall said. “Thanks to Netflix, we have been able to assemble an amazingly talented post-production team to take on the exciting and daunting challenge of completing Orson’s last film. It was an extraordinary experience to work with him 40 years ago and it will be an honor to help see his vision finally come together on the screen.”

Murawski won an Oscar for “The Hurt Locker,” and his credits include “Spider-Man,” “Spider-Man 2,” and “Spider-Man 3.”

“It’s a surreal honor to be working on a ‘new’ movie directed by the legendary Orson Welles, and starring filmmaking giants John Huston and Peter Bogdanovich,” he said. “I feel ‘The Other Side of the Wind’ is the most important film project happening in the world right now, and I am thrilled, and humbled, to be part of it.”

Millan has received nine Oscar nominations for sound mixing and won for “Apollo 13,” “Gladiator,” “Ray,” and “The Bourne Ultimatum.”

“Orson Welles said ‘I believe sound is the first human sense, not the eye,'” Millan said. “I could not agree more and am thrilled beyond words to collaborate with Frank, Filip, and Peter with the hope that together we will recapture the seductive rhythms of one of our greatest filmmakers.”

Henry’s credits include “Jaws,” “The Dark Knight,” “Casino,” and “Mulholland Drive.” Hasty worked on “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and “Mission: Impossible.”

The film is a Royal Road Entertainment production and was originally produced by Welles and Les Films de L’Astrophore. “Other Side of the Wind” is being produced by Marshall and Filip Jan Rymsza. The executive producers are Bogdanovich, Jens Koethner Kaul, Beatrice Welles, Dominique Antoine, Carla Rosen-Vacher, Olga Kagan, and Jon Anderson.

Welles shot the film-within-a-film between 1970 and 1976, and then worked on it until his death in 1985, leaving behind a 45-minute work print that he had smuggled out of France. Huston starred as a temperamental film director battling with Hollywood executives to finish a movie — much like Welles did throughout his career.

The character portrayed by Huston originated from an encounter between Ernest Hemingway and Welles in 1937 — four years before the release of “Citizen Kane” — in which a whiskey-drinking Hemingway threw a chair at Welles. Welles decided to use Hemingway as the primary model for Huston’s character.

Royal Road negotiated in 2014 for film rights with Welles’s collaborator, Kodar; his daughter and sole heir, Beatrice Welles; and Iranian-French production company, L’Astrophore. Welles had financed the project through a combination of TV roles and investors, including Mehdi Bushehri, brother-in-law of the shah of Iran and an investor in L’Astrophore. As a result of clashing with Welles, Bushehri took control of more than 1,000 negative reels, which were stored in a Paris warehouse.

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