Heath Ledger's Last Film May Never Be Seen In the U.S.

American studios steering clear of "experimental" film

By Anthony Castellano
|  Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009  |  Updated 6:00 PM CDT
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The Joker could be the last character the U.S. sees Heath Ledger play if "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" doesn't find a distributor in America.

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The makers of  Heath Ledger's last film, "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," have failed to attract a U.S. distributor.

Many American distributors are thinking twice about taking a chance on director Terry Gilliam's film because it might be too experimental for U.S. audiences, according to The First Post. Gilliam is an accomplished director who has had many hits in Great Britain such as "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."

The film features Ledger as Tony, a traveling magician who takes people on a journey through their own imaginations. His death in January 2008 put production of the film on hold. Gilliam reportedly revised the script to depict Tony at different stages in his life with actors Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law playing the role, according to the site.

Gilliam has worked with Ledger  previously in "The Brothers Grimm" and Depp in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas."

With the success of "The Dark Knight," which just surpassed the $1 billion mark worldwide, and Ledger sweeping every major award - inlcuding the best actor in a supporting role Oscar  -  for his menacing role as "the Joker," there has been much fanfare surrounding the late actor. This summer, many buyers were interested in "Parnassus," but that quickly faded after studios expressed concern about being able to market the film in the U.S., according to Worst Previews.

The film is expected to be released in the United Kingdom this summer, according to Worst Previews.

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