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Terrence Malick's Tree of Life Coming to Theaters This Year?

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May 22, 2009
Source: ScreenDaily

Terrence Malick's Tree of Life

We've been hearing tidbits off and on for a while now about Terrence Malick's Tree of Life, which shot from February to July of last year and is presumably ready to go (or so we've heard). But its been almost a year since Malick wrapped and yet we still have no real details. As far as I know, the film doesn't have US distributor yet, but is listed for 2010 on IMDb. But could we actually see it this year? Might it also have some Oscar potential? ScreenDaily (via The Playlist) posted an article about the film selling internationally at Cannes recently and in it they mention that Tree Of Life is "due for release in the US later this year."

I've put an email out to some reps for confirmation, but if this is indeed the case, then I can't wait to see more on it. Maybe if Malick finishes it soon (key word), it'll show up at the Venice, Telluride, or Toronto Film Festivals. Apparently it's taking so long because there are some big CGI shots in it, with rumors of dinosaurs and more, and I'm sure Malick is taking his time to make sure it's perfect. It's supposedly a very ambitious masterpiece-level project that spans almost the entire existence of Earth, therefore I can understand why he wants to take his time on it. But is this the first indication that it's ready to go this year?

I think not, especially because Malick likes to take his time delivering the final cut. I'm hopeful that it'll show at one of the film festivals this fall. Maybe ScreenDaily knows something we don't? For a recap on Tree of Life, the story centers around a family with three boys in the 1950s. The eldest son "witnesses the loss of innocence." That's all we know, in addition to that it involves the story of life, or something like that. The film stars Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, which leads me to believe that it might have some Oscar potential, which is why the producers maybe want it out this year. We'll let you know when we have an update.

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  • LINKFX
    Cannot wait to see this. Thin Red Line was great, and New World was an unappreciated masterpiece.
  • Scott McHenry
    I agree with you there LINKFX, I love Malick's movies I really want to see this.

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