Malick’s TREE OF LIFE not hitting theaters in 2009

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
October 15th, 2009

Terrence

Being a Terrence Malick fan is hard. It involves a lot of waiting. Who else is lauded as a master of the craft, while only turning out five full-length films in a feature career that dates back to 1973? Your Malick waiting game has just gotten a bit longer, as his latest (his first since 2005's THE NEW WORLD), THE TREE OF LIFE has been pushed from 2009 to an indeterminate release date in 2010.

It's just another possible Oscar contender wiped off the ballot (hi there, SHUTTER ISLAND), as Apparition had originally scheduled the film for a December 25 release. It’s been reported that Malick “has vanished into the editing room for at least the rest of this year” to complete the project.

Apparition only recently set up shop in August. A large portion of the distributor's opening strategy was their release of THE TREE OF LIFE and Jane Campion’s BRIGHT STAR. They have also recently picked up BLACK DYNAMITE and THE YOUNG VICTORIA, both releasing in 2009.

THE TREE OF LIFE has been nearly thirty years in the making, as Malick originally hatched its plot as a follow up to 1978’s DAYS OF HEAVEN. The IMDb page for the project touts the tagline of the film “Our picture is a cosmic epic, a hymn to life.” So, you know, really understated. The film follows the O’Brien family, with Brad Pitt as Mr. O’Brien and Jessica Chastain as Mrs. O’Brien. Starting in the 1950s, the O’Briens have three young sons, and the film is said to be set around oldest son Jack (Hunter McCracken). As young Jack grows, the film also features Sean Penn as grown up Jack, and we see how the loss of innocence in Jack’s childhood impacts his adult life.

Source Movieline

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  • http://protohumancinephile.blogspot.com/ TobiasX

    son of a bitch. that was my most anticipated film of the year. probably even a shoe in for my favorite film of 2009….now 2010. Thanks for breaking the news lightly Kate

  • https://gordonandthewhale.com KateErbland

    When I am sad, I retaliate with sarcasm. :( I am pretty disappointed, too.

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  • Ronnita Miller

    sad news. Malick is one of my fav directors. I guess I'll keep rewatching Days of Heaven and Badlands like I've been doing…and waiting patiently.

  • Ronnita Miller

    sad news. Malick is one of my fav directors. I guess I'll keep rewatching Days of Heaven and Badlands like I've been doing…and waiting patiently.

  • ScholasticLooks

    sad news. Malick is one of my fav directors. I guess I'll keep rewatching Days of Heaven and Badlands like I've been doing…and waiting patiently.

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