Terrence Malick’s next film, The Tree of Life, is headed to IMAX screens. Given the gorgeous photography his films are often noted for, this sounds like it could be really great.
The Days of Heaven director has made only four films (Tree will be his fifth) over his decades-long career. His first was Badlands in 1973. Hollywood Elsewhere reports that Empire will be running a story in an upcoming issue that Malick will be applying his quiet brooding cinematic strokes to what’s been thus far described as a character drama about a man (played by Brad Pitt) trying to exist in the world after learning the lessons of a difficult childhood.
Doesn’t quite sound like IMAX fare, but now apparently there are dinosaurs! Empire’s article speaks with visual effects supervisor Mike Fink, who says “We just started working on a project for Terrence Malick, animating dinosaurs…It’ll be showing in IMAX, so the dinosaurs will actually be life-size.”
Sound interesing. I’m in.
UPDATE: Ain’t It Cool reports that Malick is actually at work on TWO films (which seems a lot for him to have on his plate at once). One will be the aforementioned The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn and the other will be an “‘IMAX-only movie’ depicting the birth and death of the universe.” It won’t exactly be a continuation of the story he starts in Tree, but rather a thematic companion piece for the film. Frankly, this sounds like an incredibly interesting project that he’s undertaking and I’m really looking forward to it!