This year saw the quiet release of To the Wonder, Terrence Malick‘s sixth film, and his first film that wasn’t treated like an event, and/or gift from up high. Perhaps Malick’s newly found work ethic plays against the mythos of someone who took twenty years off from filmmaking and who doesn’t give interviews. But that’s not stopping his ubiquity as he’s got a director’s cut of the Palm d’Or winning The Tree of Life coming, on top of an Imax documentary.
According to one of Malick’s editors Billy Weber, Malick is working on that director’s cut of Tree of Life. Word was that there was a six hour version, but Weber told The Playlist “I’m pretty sure he’s doing a director’s cut DVD of ‘Tree Of Life,’ and that will have some of those scenes deleted [placed back] in.” There was also word of a much longer cut of The Thin Red Line, but that has never come to fruition, and looking at the deleted scenes on the Criterion release, it seems for good reason. This, though, may be different. Weber does hint at a possible Criterion release.
But that’s not all, Malick true believers, he’s also working on a documentary called Voyage of Time. And as Weber says “Voyage Of Time is supposed to come out, I think, 2014. It’s all planned, it’s got a release, it has a distributor — it’s IMAX, it’s a big IMAX film — I think it has a date and all of that.”
This also comes on top of Malick’s two films that he’s been shooting/shot — one called Knight of Cups, the other untitled — that feature actors like Christian Bale, Rooney Mara, Natalie Portman and Michael Fassbender. That is, if they make the final cut.
Do you think Malick an all time great filmmaker, or someone who’s reputation is blown all out of proportion?