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Is Terrence Malick Already Filming Christian Bale in His Next Project?

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September 17, 2011

On Stage Cameras

So there's something very interesting going on. While cameras are still rolling on Chris Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, lead actor Christian Bale may already be working on one of his other upcoming projects. It was revealed back in August that Bale was up for the lead role in another new Terrence Malick project, to follow his romance with Ben Affleck that's already finished. On Friday this week, Bale was spotted attending shows at the Austin City Limits music festival - with both a full camera crew and Malick himself in tow. Photos, like the one seen above, were taken confirming the two are working together. But what's going on?

When it was first mentioned that Christian Bale would be working with Terrence Malick, as is expected of the mysterious filmmaker, no details were revealed, it's simply known as the "untitled, unidentified project." First things first, these photos (like this one on Flickr) definitely confirm that Bale and Malick are working together. But are they shooting already? And why are they at the Austin City Limits concerts? Is it a biopic about a musician? Or are they just having fun together, as Malick does live in Austin. Either way, this is one of the first good photos we've seen of Terrence Malick in a long time, years even. Here's some of the shots:

Terrence Malick / Christian BaleAustin City Limits Cameras

While their appearances and the photos only bring up more questions rather than provide any answers, they're still very intriguing to see. Many attendees at the ACL fest this weekend are buzzing about Bale's appearance, saying things like they're going to be in The Dark Knight Rises (obviously untrue). Additionally, not that this will confirm anything, but reports say they saw Bale on stage (with camera crews) at shows from artists including Coldplay to Bright Eyes, to the electronic group Pretty Lights. Considering we know nothing about this latest Malick project, my thoughts are that it could be a biopic or drama about a musician, someone involved in the music industry, or none of that, as we have no idea what Malick's up to.

At the very least, I thought it was cool enough to feature another very rare photo of Terrence Malick, as he's incredibly elusive (this is one of the only other ones that anyone can find). He never even had his photo taken when he showed up briefly in Cannes earlier this year for The Tree of Life, which is known for red carpet and celebrity photos galore. Interestingly, there's a listing on IMDb for an upcoming Malick project, produced by Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment, about legendary American rock and roll and country music singer-songwriter Jerry Lee Lewis. Might all this have a connection? Could Bale be doing early research to play Jerry Lee Lewis? But then why are they filming everything right now? Only time will tell… Thoughts?

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Reader Feedback - 15 Comments

1

You can never predict with Malick.

Samir on Sep 17, 2011

2

I wish Christian Bale would do more movies. We see too little of him.

Sanders on Sep 17, 2011

3

Terrance Malick AND Christian Bale on one set. It would either be the most awesome thing ever, or the most terrifying thing ever. Probably both.

Lebowski on Sep 17, 2011

4

Pretty Lights is not an indie band, he is a godawful DJ/broducer from Brahlorado that girls who don't know anything about electronic music adore.

Tom Anderson on Sep 17, 2011

5

There are no less than ten photos of Malick floating around at all stages of his career. Thanks for the news!

Paul on Sep 17, 2011

6

I think there's a likelihood that this could be a production of Malick's long dormant Jerry Lee Lewis screenplay.  The other details that have emerged early on- that it is an intimate two-character piece, and that Bale is being paired with a much younger actress (reportedly Hailey Bennett)- also align well with this possibility.  For an overview of some of Malick's unproduced projects, this article is a good source: http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/archives/the_lost_projects_and_unproduced_screenplays_of_terrence_malick/

tim on Sep 17, 2011

7

Malick had written a Jerry Lee Lewis script a while ago. He could be returning to the project like how The Tree of Life is an update of a project he worked on after Days of Heaven.

Andrew DiDonato on Sep 17, 2011

8

Indie band named Pretty Lights. lol

Mikejones on Sep 17, 2011

9

My friends is working at a Hotel where they are filming the new Batman, apparently the staff have been asked never to make eye contact with Bale and if they do it could result in them being sacked. What a cock. Still haven't seen Tree of Life, is it worth it?

Crapola on Sep 18, 2011

10

What a crock of shit. I actually at a cafe while he was in London just before he shot the Dark Knight. He was nothing but nice and even took a picture with me. On the hotel stuff, i worked at the Hilton for a bit and we were told never to approach high profile guests or make any kind of contact that we wouldnt make with other guests.

Yerma on Sep 19, 2011

11

I don't believe it. That's all shit that spawned after he had his meltdown on set. There is a video of him and Malick at the music festival, just walking through the crowd with some people, and some random girl talks to him and hands him a beer (or whatever beverage it was) and he's all smiles, takes it and made her day with it.  Somebody else reported that they ran into him at a super market in Pittsburgh and he declined an autograph when they first asked him for it inside, but then he went out into the parking lot, apologized for being a jerk and gave them the autograph there. 

Anonymous on Sep 19, 2011

12

I believe that.  Anything with such high-profile people such as these individuals is preplanned.  Image is everything in this business.

Anonymous on Sep 20, 2011

13

Holy cow Jerry Lee Lewis is the Batman...

Anonymous on Sep 19, 2011

14

another weirdo movie

Chaos1979 on Sep 19, 2011

15

We just posted an update on more ACL filming, with a video of Bale and Malick in action, on Monday morning if you want to check that out as well: https://www.firstshowing.net/2011/watch-terrence-malick-christian-bale-attempt-to-film-at-acl-show/

Alex Billington on Sep 19, 2011

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