With recent news outlets reporting that Malick’s Tree of Life follow up, his yet to be titled project starring Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams, was set to shoot sometime this fall, the likely hood of seeing the year’s most hotly anticipated film, this year, began to rise. You would have to think that, if he was ready to shoot a new film, his prior film would be in the can, ready for the big screen.
Well, that is as long as your name isn’t Todd McCarthy, who may very well be far more level headed on this subject than any of us.
According to a new articled, titled Up In The Basement, he posits the idea that not only will we not see this film in 2010, but we may not see it until Cannes 2011, or even the 2011 New York Film Festival. Here’s what the writer thinks:
All through our recent two weeks in the dark, we received periodic updates and tentative promises about the imminent arrival of the film for us to view; even well into the second week we were still being thus tantalized. Finally, of course, came word that Malick was still not done and it now seems clear the picture will not be opening this year. I can’t prove it, of course, and he’s supposedly set to start shooting a new film in Oklahoma in October, but I’m convinced we won’t be seeing ‘The Tree of Life’ until, at the earliest, the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Or perhaps it could turn up at the New York Film Festival a year from now.
Could Tree Of Life open without a premiere at one of the year’s bigger festivals? Or is it just big enough to make buzz without the added time on the festival circuit? Personally, I think that it’s destined for a festival, which makes my hope to see this thing this year, nearly gone, but at this point, anyone’s guess is as good as mine. However, the thing may secretly be ready to go, and may just blow us all away at one of the later festivals, say, a secret spot on the TIFF lineup?
At this point, anything would be good news, because frankly, I don’t even think this thing exists. Just an awesome sounding dream we’ve all had.
What do you think?