I don’t know what meds Terrence Malick started taking last year, but I like the result. From 1973 to 2011, the director released only five films. Now he has another four in the pipeline. Malick took years finishing The Tree of Life and is still reportedly working on the IMAX doc Voyage of Time. That latter film is new project number one.

He has already shot a film that may or may not be called The Burial, which features Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Javier Bardem and Rachel Weisz. That’s number two. And he has been prepping a movie with Christian Bale and newcomer Haley Bennett, which shot partially at the Austin City Limits fest in mid-September. That’s number three, and the title has been revealed as Lawless.

In addition to those, he has a fourth film on the docket, also with Bale: Knight of Cups. Details on both of those last two films are after the break. Read More »


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Not long ago, we heard that Terrence Malick has a new film brewing with Christian Bale. Almost nothing else was known about the project — no real story, no timeline, no other cast details. Over the weekend, we got what seems to be the best possible confirmation of this project as Malick and Bale were spotted all over the Austin City Limits music fest. A camera crew was following the two and actress Haley Bennett, recently said to be the frontrunner for the female lead. Malick was also photographed with camera in hand.

We still don’t know any real details of the story, or even if this was essentially a test shoot. Given that Bale is still shooting The Dark Knight Rises we didn’t expect to learn anything new about this for a while, so this collection of images is an unexpected surprise. Photos and video of the director are exceedingly rare, so for Malick fans the collection of photos and video that we have below will be a hell of a lot more enticing than all the superhero movie set photos that crop up on a daily basis. Read More »

When Terrence Malick chose Jessica Chastain years ago to be the female lead in The Tree of Life she was all but unknown; now she seems to be everywhere, and is garnering great praise for her performances in Malick’s movie, The Debt and (at the Venice film fest) Wilde Salome. Malick employed the same canny eye for casting with his first feature, Badlands, when he chose Sissy Spacek to star.

So when the director picks a relative unknown to star in his as-yet untitled film that will star Christian Bale, we should all take notice. The actress in question is Haley Bennett (Marley & Me, The Haunting of Molly Hartley), said to be the frontrunner for a role that has drawn no small amount of interest. Read More »

Not only is Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life one of the most beautiful films of the year, it’s also sparked some of the most fascinating online discourse. Critics are fairly divided, with some arguing that “The Tree Of Life has a vision that makes most movies look like crude stick drawings,” while others opine, “Tree of Life? Tree of sanctimonious mopey male egotism disguised as a search for meaning, more like.” Overall, though, the film has a high ranking on Rottentomatoes and has performed respectably at the box office.

But one thing that I’ve heard numerous times is that Sean Penn is wasted in this film. And a recent interview that Penn gave seems to affirm that the strong-willed actor himself believes his character was not put to good use. Hit the jump to read his comments.
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After directing only four movies in almost forty years, you could never call Terrence Malick a busy filmmaker. That’s completely changed in the last few months. He released The Tree of Life earlier this year, is currently in post-production on an untitled romance starring Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams and he’s still attached to a long-rumored project called Voyage of Time. As if that wasn’t enough, Twitchfilm reports he’s just cast Christian Bale in yet another movie that’ll start shooting in early 2012. Read more after the jump. Read More »

The answer to that question may, possibly, be ‘yes.’ (But my gut says ‘no.’) We hear about super-long cuts of movies relatively often; many a film has been the subject of rumor about an early edit running four, five, even six hours. These often refer to early, raw assembly edits that are never meant to be seen as a final film. (And, in the modern age of on the fly non-linear editing, such cuts are mostly relics of the past.) Most of the time, the extra-long cut of a movie is simply a fantasy cooked up in the imaginations of hopeful audiences.

But sometimes not. Terrence Malick is a notorious tinkerer in the editing room, where he gradually ‘finds’ his movies through a great deal of experimentation with what we often imagine to be mountains of film. And while it seems difficult to believe that The Tree of Life, which currently runs a little under two and a half hours, might be stretched to SIX hours, that’s what a recent interview may claim will happen. Read More »

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I’m not convinced that this isn’t just preaching to the converted, but a new featurette in which David Fincher and Christopher Nolan gush about the work and influence of Terrence Malick is pretty cool regardless. Fox Searchlight put this together either to draw some new audiences in to see The Tree of Life, or just to please the existing audience that already pays attention to all three directors. Either way, it’s a nice little thing that will only take up a few minutes of your time. Read More »

Briefly: Good news for film fans in the UK who want to see the new Terrence Malick film: after Icon Entertainment totally botched release plans for The Tree of Life by announcing a plan to open it in London ahead of the Cannes premiere, Fox Searchlight and int’l right holders Summit International got more than a bit angry, and we didn’t know when the movie would open in the UK. Some behind the scenes legal wrangling no doubt went on, but the bottom line is now clear: financier Bill Pohlad and his River Road Entertainment has sold UK rights to Fox Searchlight. The company will open the film in the UK on July 8, which is the same date the film goes wide in the US.

We don’t have any word on the planned Australian or New Zealand release for the film, however. (Icon also had rights for those countries.) But this is a good step. [Deadline]

Terrence Malick‘s epic dissection of life, love and everything in between, The Tree of Life, continues its limited expansion today, opening in cities like San Francisco, Austin, Atlanta, Boston and Chicago. As more people get to experience Malick’s passion project, the famously reclusive filmmaker is apparently worried about the film’s presentation and he’s written a letter to all the projectionists who will be showing his film, complete with specific directions on how to do so.

Check out Malick’s projection wish list, as well as a hint to when he might shoot his next project (not the Ben Affleck/Rachel McAdams one, another one), after the jump. Read More »