Terrence Malick's Tree of Life Rated PG-13, But is It Finished?
Although we still haven't seen a single new photo (besides the one above, on the right side) or poster or any imagery even remotely related to Terrence Malick's new film The Tree of Life, and although it didn't show up in Cannes this year, there's still a chance we may see the film by the end of the year. RopeofSilicon (via SlashFilm) reports that the MPAA has seen The Tree of Life and given it a PG-13 rating "for some thematic material." That honestly seems pretty tame for a film we thought would be much more epic, or at least more like Malick's violent and R-rated The Thin Red Line. Besides that rating, there still isn't a release date yet.
In fact, Apparition, the indie distributor (founded just last year) that is still set to release Tree of Life, has recently fallen apart, with resigning CEOs and layoffs, so we have no clue if they will even be releasing any films the rest of this year. We last reported back in March that Tree of Life would hit theaters in November, but that's all we've heard since then, without any actual confirmation. I think everyone is just anxious to see the new Terrence Malick film, which was shot in Texas back in early 2008. Our best bet is that it may show up at the Venice or Toronto Film Festivals in September, and if that's the case we'll certainly let you know.
We're doing our best to keep you updated on release plans for The Tree of Life, but this is one of those films that not many people know about yet. If you're unfamiliar with it, I suggest reading any of our past articles on Tree of Life to get a better sense of what it's about and why there's so much anticipation for the new film.