Terrence Malick's production schedule has been packed with back-to-back projects, and it's enough to make our heads spin. "He’s certainly on a roll," the Tree of Life filmmaker's producers told Screen Daily. "He’s very inspired right now. I expect it has something to do with the team that has formed around him, and the connection he has with them. He has developed a system that he knows works for him." The team also credits the meditative and energetic director's ability to "embrace ideas that allow him to work in a freer fashion."
For those in front of Malick's camera who have been used to his deliberate pacing, the less structured process has been "freeing" but "a challenge," however producers advise that everyone is generally excited by the new push and has embraced it fully. To the Wonder was Malick's first foray into this "organic and experiential" approach, thanks to its contemporary setting devoid of any "period constraints." Producers shared that "he was able to approach a day of shooting as he always dreamed of, as he approaches writing, which is being able to discover ideas and not to preconceive them."
While we'll happily enjoy this "endless reservoir" of work that the director has decided to gift us with, we wanted to quickly map out what's on tap so you can keep track of all things Malick for the future. We hope to have word soon about a U.S. premiere date for To the Wonder, but until then, scope out the expected schedule for these five upcoming films.
To the Wonder
Rachel McAdams, Olga Kurylenko, Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem
The romantic drama made its world premiere in Venice yesterday. The story revolves around two people who are passionately in love, but cannot be together. Affleck's character finds himself reconnecting with a woman from his hometown after his marriage starts to fall apart. "It’s about people discovering what works in their dynamic. There is also a parallel story of a priest who finds his passion for the church to be waning," Malick's producers told Screen Daily. They also revealed to the website that the director had been "contemplating this story for a long time," and wanted to continue working with the same crew he had gathered for Tree of Life. When asked how deeply religion plays into the movie — and throughout the rest of Malick's filmography — producer Nicolas Gonda advised, "It’s not about a particular lens of seeing the world or a didactic experience. All of his films allow you to question your place in the universe. Through that, some people find a spiritual journey."
Knight of Cups
Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Wes Bentley
Malicks' film about the L.A. movie business just completed shooting. We know the film is set in present-day California and will be edited simultaneously with his untitled project (formerly called Lawless).
Untitled (formerly Lawless)
Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Natalie Portman, Rooney Mara
Team Malick traded the Lawless title with John Hillcoat for his gangster film, written by Nick Cave and starring Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce and Gary Oldman. This now untitled project is also set in the present day, against the music scene in Austin, Texas. We've gotten a peek at the production test footage of the tale about "sexual obsession and betrayal" that follows two intersecting love triangles. Malick will begin shooting in Texas in a few weeks.
Voyage of Time
Brad Pitt, Emma Thompson
Producers called Malick's film about the "birth and death of the universe" an "epic and ambitious documentary." The "aesthetically unique and scientifically accurate" film will explore "the first signs of life, bacteria, cellular pioneers, first love, consciousness, the ascent of humanity, life and death, and the end of the universe" — all narrated by Tree of Life star Pitt. While producers confirm that there are "large parts shot already," the multi-year project has quite a bit of ground left to cover. Don't expect to see this one anytime soon as Malick has been "envisioning it for several decades," but the buildup should be tremendously exciting.
Green Blade Rising
Gonda will be coproducing the Abraham Lincoln drama with Malick. "The film is about the difficult youth of Abraham Lincoln. AJ Edwards is directing and Diane Kruger will play Lincoln’s mother. We’re due to start production in a couple of weeks," he advised. Abe has been a popular choice for filmmakers lately, as Spielberg's Lincoln and yes, even, the horror tale Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter prove.
Let us know which Malick projects are your most anticipated, below.