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New John Malkovich movie will appear at Cannes 100 years before it hits theaters

on May 05, 2016, 4:55pm

It’s no sure bet that civilization will still be around in 100 years, now that an angry, anthropomorphic tangerine is one step away from the White House. But just in case humanity makes it to 2115, John Malkovich will have a treat waiting for them.

The actor has written and starred in a movie that he swears won’t be released for another hundred years — on November 18, 2115. Directed by Robert Rodriguez, 100 Years — The Movie You Will Never See will be “held in a special safe that will open automatically in 100 years when the timing is complete,” according to a press release.

This “special safe” is set to make an appearance at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Though the film itself will not be shown, festival attendees will be able to gaze upon the safe and wonder what wonders await their distant progeny.

If it sounds like a stupid idea to make a film that nobody alive today will actually see, well, it all depends on your point of view. The film is sponsored by Louis XIII cognac and reeks of a marketing stunt, but Malkovich and Rodriguez may simply be trying to push against the boundaries of film — one of which, of course, is time.

In a behind-the-scenes trailer, Malkovich explains that “part of the notion inherent in this is for us to try to imagine what the world will be like in 100 years.” If the footage shown in the trailer is any indication, Malkovich’s world of tomorrow features a lot of ho-hum sci-fi stuff like flying cars, holograms, and lots of neon.

Check back with us in 100 years for full coverage of the film’s release.