Fox Searchlight Acquires Terrence Malick's Latest 'Tree of Life'

September 9, 2010
Source: Deadline

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?

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yes. yes. can't wait.

brank un on Sep 9, 2010


Fantastic news. 🙂

Marty on Sep 9, 2010



sedna on Sep 9, 2010


very excited..........this looks to be excellent.

beavis on Sep 9, 2010


Heyyy... Malick doesn't make art house flicks. He makes REAL movie. So it makes sense for a reputable indie studio to pick this up. I assure you, it's not an artsy stuff that Sony puts out.

Jon A. on Sep 9, 2010


Stupid Malick. I hate that he makes me wait for his movies for so damned long. I LOVED "The Thin Red Line" and am very excited for a new flick from him.

Dylan on Sep 9, 2010


At last somebody has picked it up and they releasing this movie.For sometime I thought this movie might not get released and now that it is releasing couldn't more excited to watch this movie when it releases.

joe_6285 on Sep 9, 2010


I'm SUPER stoked to see this. Maybe this can express what Benjamin Button only scratched.

Johnny Neat on Sep 10, 2010


This will get Pitt his Oscar

reeft on Sep 10, 2010


#9 - halle berry won one, so there is hope for pitt as well, i guess

beavis on Sep 10, 2010

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