Usually when a filmmaker goes on a string of making a bunch of movies it’s nothing to bat an eyelash at. Hey, he’s a filmmaker, what did you expect? But when that filmmaker happens to be Terrence Malick, then it’s a whole other story. Malick is an infamous perfectionist who usually takes at least five years or so between everything he makes. Dude even waited twenty between Days of Heaven and The Thin Red Line. It’s weird that despite the fact his newest film Tree of Life was just in theaters, he already has his next picture in the can. But it’s even weirder that before that picture has been put together and given a release date and what not, Twitch has already unearthed some information about the next movie he’s making a move on.
Once he gets his Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams romance Voyage of Time out of the way, he’s said to be starting up a new film, which will star Christian Bale. That Bale is in the film shouldn’t come as a surprise, he’s worked with Malick before in The New World and he almost took the role Affleck eventually filled in Voyage of Time; but the fact that we look to be getting three Malick movies in two years is a gigantic shock. Who put what in this guy’s Wheaties? Does Malick know something that we don’t, or did he just blow all his money on a gambling debt or something?
Either way, I can’t see very many people complaining. I mean… Malick isn’t my favorite director in the world. A lot of what he does I would describe as gorgeous nonsense. But even my least favorite from Malick is always at least gorgeous. And even though people like to throw the word pretentious around a lot when talking about his stuff, at least pretentious is interesting. I will welcome any work from unique filmmakers putting out movies that don’t look exactly like everything else that hits theaters way before I’ll welcome the next cookie-cutter blockbuster. This new project is said to be a very small movie about a man and a woman, but with Malick’s wandering narrative eye who knows what that could end up meaning. Rooney Mara, Haley Bennet, Clemence Poesy, and Mia Wasikowska are said to be the short list of actresses he’s looking at to star opposite Bale, but who knows where those names came from. Bottom line, more Malick is on its way, that’s news in and of itself. I can’t imagine many people will be getting caught up in the details.