Fox Searchlight Acquires Terrence Malick's Latest 'Tree of Life'
After taking his sweet time to finish the film, it looks like the long-awaited Terrence Malick directed flick The Tree of Life has been picked up by Fox Searchlight for release in 2011. Malick wrote the film which tells the impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950's. More specifically, the film chronicles the journey of the eldest son, Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn), through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). He is a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the meaning of life and questioning an existence of faith.
Searchlight presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley couldn't be more pleased when they say, "Terrence Malick has crafted a deeply moving, keenly observed and magisterial film." Meanwhile producer Bill Pohlad is even more forthcoming with praise for the film and news: "Malick has given us another masterpiece that is both profoundly moving and stunningly beautiful. And there is no better partner than Fox Searchlight to bring this film to audiences. Their ability to distribute and market independent films with a passion and creativity is incredibly rare in our industry." The movie once had a distribution deal in the making with the new distribution company Apparition that almost fell through, but Searchlight will do the film right as the studio has made great strides with indie films like Little Miss Sunshine and our fave 500 Days of Summer.
This seems a bit odd for Searchlight, considering it's supposedly a very art house film that we'd normally expect to see from someone like Sony Pictures Classics, but I take this as an early sign that The Tree of Life is not only incredible, but much different than we might all be thinking. We'll definitely keep you updated on their plans and will follow their marketing as it kicks up. Excited to finally see The Tree of Life?