100 Years: The movie you'll never see

The John Malkovich film will remain unseen, locked in a safe for one hundred years, in partner with Remy Martin Louis XIII.

Neil Churchill May 29, 2016

With more than 70 films under his belt and two Academy Award nominations, John Malkovich is a Hollywood stalwart. When he makes a film, be it directing or acting, people rush to the cinema to see it.

But this is one Malkovich film that you will literally never get to see, unless you plan on still being alive 100 years from now. 

In partnership with cognac brand Remy Martin Louis XIII, Malkovich and director Robert Rodriguez have made the film 100 Years; a vision of planet earth and the human race a century from now.

Taking inspiration from the one hundred years of patience it takes to create each decanter of Louis XIII, and that its creators never get to experience the fruition of their work, the film will remain unseen and locked in a safe until November 18, 2115. So if you really like the trailer above, sorry, that’s as much as you’re ever going to see. 

Even the cast and crew including Malkovich, who wrote the screenplay, will never see the final cut. But, curiously it is a concept that appealed to the American actor.

"When I was first approached I really loved the idea... I mean, in a way I wish all the films I made wouldn'thave been seen for a hundred years," he said. "I don't know how much that would change the way they are regarded.” 

An important aspect of the film remaining unseen for so long is what happens now, and for the remaining 36,331 days. To ensure its secrecy, a one-off safe had to be invented to hold and transport the one and only copy of the film.

Created in partnership with Fichet-Bauche, one of the world’s leading safes and vaults brands, the safe does not come with a key, code or fingerprint scanner. Instead, it opens only at the correct time in the future, regardless of access to a power source; the countdown began when its lid was sealed late last year.

“To stay true to the concept, we had to find a way to make sure that no one will see the movie before 2115, hence we created a truly unique safe, a crucial element of the original idea,” said Ludovic du Plessis, globale executive director of Louis XIII. 

Its ticking mechanism has turned the safe into a time capsule of creative work, which will travel the world over its century-long lifespan before eventually returning to the Louis XIII cellars in Cognac, France, before the big reveal.

Let’s hope the film is worth the wait, although we’ll never know if it was.