So Terrence Malick IS Going to Take On the Austin, TX Music Scene

February 23, 2012
Source: FilmNation

Terrence Malick in Austin

Get ready Austin, Terrence Malick is going to make you popular. We've been following updates on auteur Terrence Malick's two back-to-back films shooting in Texas throughout this year. Last year, after Malick and Christian Bale were caught filming at Austin City Limits, FilmNation thwarted the attention by announcing the two films - but only the names, Lawless and Knight of Cups. Not to be confused with his other, still untitled, in-the-can film either. Thanks to an update on the FilmNation site (via The Playlist) we now have a very short logline for Lawless, starring Ryan Gosling, and it confirms one thing: it's about the Austin scene.

I really don't mean to become a logline/synopsis-chaser, but considering we didn't really know what this was about yet and this confirms it's at least about the Austin music scene, there's something to get from it. That's also exactly what and where Malick was already seen shooting with Gosling and Bale last year. Here's the brief logline as seen on their official website:

LAWLESS follows two intersecting love triangles. It is a story of sexual obsession and betrayal set against the music scene in Austin, Texas.

Damn that sounds good, especially from Malick. It looks like he's on a romantic streak now, as his other Ben Affleck/Rachel McAdams film is another "powerful love story" about a man who returns to Oklahoma with a woman from Europe. While there is no confirmation of this yet, we're with Playlist in wondering whether Knight of Cups will also be set in the same Austin "music scene" and borrow the same characters, since the casting crosses over with quite a few big names. While Gosling is only in Lawless, co-starring with Rooney Mara and Haley Bennett, actors Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman will star in both films. Definitely sounds like they'll all be involved in this complex "sexual obsession and betrayal" plot.

Other than that, everything is still left up to guesses in terms of the actual plotline and specific characters, and how (potentially, despite "separate narratives") the two back-to-back projects will connect. However, I definitely think it has something to do with musicians and the entire "Austin music scene", where Malick has been situated for a while anyway. It's good to know we're on the right track, and we'll keep an eye out, as shooting doesn't actually start up until this summer but will last throughout most of the year. Stay tuned.

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Wait... since when does Austin need Terrence Malick to make it popular?  I'm tired of your anti-Austin-ism, Billington!

Neil Miller on Feb 23, 2012


Haha, I'm sorry! I had originally written "going to make you famous" but realized it kind of already was famous because OF the music scene, so that didn't make sense. This is just a replacement. And who knows, maybe I'll really love Austin after Malick captures it on film?

Alex Billington on Feb 23, 2012


If you need a Terrence Malick movie to "love Austin," then you may want to have your head examined. Austin is awesome. Mostly because it's the home of Film School Rejects, but for other reasons, as well.

Neil Miller on Feb 25, 2012


 Exactly! I was like, 'wait, this is NOT a sleepy unknown town!'....and really, Billington? You dont like Austin?!!? DarthHelmet: I mean, c'mon! Whats with you man?

Voice of Reason on Feb 24, 2012


This is fantastic news, now if only I could figure out a way to get involved...

horgin on Feb 23, 2012


Lemme guess, it'll feature some Spoon. Oh wait, I'd be fine with that. You go Malick.

Dustin Asher on Feb 23, 2012


Coming to your local theater this century fall.

Robert L. Tuva on Feb 24, 2012


John Belushi is still alive -- he's right there in the sunglasses and hat!

Hando_Calrissian on Feb 24, 2012


ha, ha, ha put Austin on the map?? Get around much?

lynn on Dec 20, 2012

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