Zero Theorem has Easter Eggs to other Gilliam movies. In The Zero Theorem there's a boy named Bob, who calls everyone Bob regardless of their name. In Twelve Monkeys there's a deranged old man who calls James Cole "Bob" throughout his misadventures. This is not--as I had admittedly hoped--some sign that the worlds are related. The Zero Theorem was penned by a long-time Gilliam admirer, Pat Rushin, who threaded the script with nods to other Gilliam films. "Those connections are very superfluous really," Gilliam laughed, "They are fun, but they are not essential."

Gilliam could return to television with The Defective Detective. Looking over his credits, I was stunned that this visionary director has never helmed TV. He told me, "I started in TV and I left home." But then he dropped some shocking news, saying, "I'm thinking of going back. At the moment, having watched Breaking Bad, The Killing, all this stuff--this is where the good writing is. This is where you can hire the best actors--not the biggest stars--and it reaches an audience. It's the most exciting thing going on at the moment. As a matter of fact, while I'm in New York, Richard LaGravenese--he wrote Fisher King and the script called The Defective Detective--we're actually meeting on Saturday to talk whether he take that script and make it into something a little bit longer."

The Defective Detective is one of the many in-development projects that Terry Gilliam has teased over the years. The possibility of reteaming with LaGravenese, who earned an Academy Award nomination for The Fisher King, is thrilling on its own. But considering Gilliam's high opinion of contemporary television, it's even more exciting to imagine what he hopes to bring to its arena.

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