Learn More About Terrence Malick’s Expansive ‘Voyage of Time’ & the ‘Tree of Life’ Director’s Cut
Yesterday, in our interview with Michael Shannon, we shared that although he was cut from Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder, "it was still a fascinating experience." He then went on on to say that he, "spent a day down there walking around with Ben Affleck and doing these completely random scenes where the camera was just going all over the place, and you never knew where it was going to be." And speaking the the enigmatic director’s desire to capture the ineffable moments in everyday life said that, "I’ve heard Malick say, ‘I’m just trying to find the spontaneous, I just want something truly spontaneous to happen.’"
And in today’s bit of fascinating Malickian news, we learn that his expansive project Voyage of Time is looking to be completed and in theaters by 2014. In an interview with The Playlist, Malick’s co-editor Billy Weber stated that the film currently has an undisclosed date and distributor lined up and is a "big IMAX film." With narration from Emma Thompson and Brad Pitt (hey, maybe not too far off from that perfume commercial mashup), the film is "aesthetically and scientifically accurate," venturing "the whole of time, from birth of the universe to its final collapse,"following "the first signs of life, bacteria, cellular pioneers, first love, consciousness, the ascent of humanity, life and death and the end of the universe." Well Malick, I tip my hat to you—that is quite an undertaking. Actually, it seems like all his films have been but hints at those very themes, this shaping up to be the amalgamation of his interests and desires.
In speaking with Weber, it was also revealed that, yes, Malick still working on the long-awaited directors cut of The Tree of Life—which is rumored to be well over five hours long. However, Weber stated that "although he doesn’t know how much footage was even shot for the movie" there will be deleted scenes on the DVD release. So I suppose we’ll have to wait and see on that one. But in the meantime, it’s great to know that for someone who spent so many years parted from the camera, that there looks to be no shortage of Malick to come. And with Knight of Cups and his still untitled other drama shot back to back in the last year, we can all stand on guard only waiting to discover more.