February 12, 2014 at 4:34 pm #139970
Knight of Cups and the still-untitled Austin picture apparently will premiere this year:
While there has been nothing but radio silence for Terrence Malick‘s next two dramas since last summer’s debut of the first still for Knight of Cups, a new film has afforded a bit of insight into their respective futures. Premiering at Sundance Film Festival was The Better Angels (our review), a biopic on the early life of Abraham Lincoln what was produced by Malick and directed by his frequent collaborator A.J. Edwards.
When we sat down with the helmer at the festival (full interview here), we discussed Malick’s specific involvement in the film, and much more, but with the film now stopping by Berlin, we have an update on the forthcoming features. During the film’s press conference, Edwards revealed that both Knight of Cups and the currently untitled Austin-set drama will see screens this year. Check out this full quote below:
“Terrence Malick was always a phone call away. He was shooting his two pictures at the time, that’ll be released this year. He was most important in the beginning of the project, the origins of it, mostly through conversations, while we were editing The Tree of Life together. This is before the treatment and the screenplay, just talking about an approach and production fundamentals, what the meaning is; The Better Angels being his two mothers that guided him to immortality through their goodness. Because of his other pictures he wasn’t on set or in the cutting room, because of his other obligations, but his friendship and his encouragement is long-lasting and so important in the film.”
Considering the current lack of distribution, we have to glean that he means they are ready to premiere at a festival, rather than see an actual release, but this is fantastic news. When it comes to the work of Malick, one never quite knows when they’ll see the light of day, but we’re glad ourwishful thinking that they’ll initially premiere this year will come true.
The first film he shot, Knight of Cups, stars Christian Bale as a depressed writer-type in the story that looks at celebrities and excess. Depending on how the editing went, the ensemble may or may not include Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Wes Bentley, Freida Pinto, Isabel Lucas, Imogen Poots, Teresa Palmer, Shea Whigham, Antonio Banderas, Joe Manganiello andRyan O’Neal.
The other film, which is led by Ryan Gosling, follows two intersecting love triangles exploring sexual obsession and betrayal set against the music scene in Austin, Texas, and may include Portman, Bale, Blanchett, Michael Fassbender, Rooney Mara, Val Kilmer, Benicio Del Toro, Boyd Holbrook, Berenice Marlohe and Holly Hunter. So, we suppose we can expect one or both to turn up at either Cannes or the fall festival circuit this year. As for The Better Angels, it’s currently seeking U.S. distribution.
As a fan of Malick’s work, very excited. Also anticipating who will and will not make the cut.February 12, 2014 at 4:38 pm #139972
Seems interesting. Hopefully they won’t be a two and a half hour screen saver like The Tree of Life.February 12, 2014 at 5:04 pm #139973
You can’t go wrong with a cast that includes Blanchett, Fassbender, Bale, Gosling, Portman, and Rooney. I’m just so confused with which one is which and how they will be distributed!February 12, 2014 at 6:27 pm #139974
Seems interesting. Hopefully they won’t be a two and a half hour screen saver like The Tree of Life.
After watching the Tree of Life, I can no longer have any excitement for a Terrence Mallick film. It was such a horrible abuse of the audience’s time, that I lost all respect for him as a filmmaker. The only problem is that I can’t turn down the prospect of seeing Gosling and Fassbender in the same movie. I might regret it afterwards, but I will likeley end up seeing this.February 12, 2014 at 6:40 pm #139975
Wow, yes please.February 12, 2014 at 7:32 pm #139976
Looking forward to The Better Angels, too.February 13, 2014 at 12:18 am #139977
Terrence Malick is a very good filmmaker (Badlands is just brilliant) but I find this whole editing process to be quite disrespectful towards the actors. I mean, as an actor, I work my ass off for a film and a director only to see my parts getting cut? That’s just plain offensive and unnecessary.February 13, 2014 at 3:17 am #139978
Adrien Brody going from having the most lines in the script to just four
in the finished product was cruel. But I feel like since then, no one
is allowed to be offended because that is now understood to be part of
the job if you do a Malick movie.
Malick has not proved to be nearly as deft a producer as he has a director, so I am not eagerly anticipating The Better Angels as it is being called now.
I am nervous after To the Wonder about his next movies, not to mention that I only love one of his movies (The Tree of Life) and admire just one more (The New World).February 13, 2014 at 7:20 am #139979
He’s hit or miss for me. But anything will be better than To the Wonder.February 13, 2014 at 7:41 am #139980
To the Wonder was disappointing, but Tree of Life was my absolute favourite Malick since Days of Heaven. So I do hold out hopes for both these films. During Richard Linklater’s recent Austin Film Society presentation series, it was rumoured Malick (who is a close friend of Linklater’s) would make an appearance. He didn’t which either means he was too busy editing – or too press-shy (as usual). I’m hoping something will pop up during SXSW next month.
As for actors being offended when they get cut out of a Malick film: they know the risks. Malick doesn’t pay them much so they must do them because they want to be in a Malick, whether or not they end up on Malick’s cutting-room floor.February 13, 2014 at 11:05 am #139981
Possibly being cut from his films comes with the territory. If actors don’t like it they can stay home.February 13, 2014 at 11:32 am #139982
That’s ridiculous I’m sorry. If I were an actor, I would do anything to be in a Terrence Malick film. That cinematic experience must be exceptional and tremendously useful for the actor to grow in his profession. I would go there and film my scenes even though there’s a risk I could be cut from the movie in the editing process. That doesn’t matter, I’m too excited to care. During the shootings I feel like I’m on top of my game. That was such a beautiful experience. I can’t wait to share with the world, specially my fans and Malick’s. But then I find out that I was cut from the movie after all. The growth is still there but the magic isn’t. That’s fucked up if you ask me.February 13, 2014 at 2:51 pm #139983
Director is king on filmmaking, especially a director that operates by their personality only like Malick. And even though Malick gets the reputation of cutting people, it’s actually more common than usual in american films. The difference is that Malick does it with big names, while Hollywood does it to smaller names and rising stars.
People who know Malick understand they are about to get cut off (although some do get pissed when it happens). But I admire Malick’s “fuck you” to actor popularity. The final cut should be defined by what the film needs to be, and not which actors need more screentime. If a storyline ain’t working like you thought it would and it must be cut for the film to work, what you gonna do? Every choice the director makes has to be in service of the film itself first and foremost.February 13, 2014 at 3:17 pm #139984
There was an interview where Christian Bale said he’d probably be cut out of the second feature, but he didn’t seem to mind.February 13, 2014 at 7:17 pm #139985
I adored Tree of Life, but To the Wonder was a disappointment; hopefully these are more in the vain of the former.
Actors know Malick’s reputation and still line up to work with him. Blanchett also said who knows if she ends up in the film. Chastain said much of her scenes were cut. Clearly the experience (and credit) is sufficient. Not ending up on the cutting room floor is a bonus.