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Exclusive: Malick's Tree Of Life
Three versions planned; cue dinosaurs

03 March 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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In this month's Empire magazine, we interviewed effects guru Mike Fink, an Oscar winner for The Golden Compass, and he told us a little bit about the work he's doing for Terrence Malick on Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn. We didn't have room for the whole interview in the magazine, so here are a few more snippets.

"We’re just starting work on a project for Terrence Malick, which is actually 3 films. There’s going to be a 35mm release, a shorter IMAX version, and then they’re talking about another shorter 35mm version which isn’t quite the Imax version but not the feature length one either."

"We’re animating dinosaurs, but it’s not Jurassic Park. The attempt is to treat it as if somehow a camera wound up in the middle of these periods when dinosaurs roamed the earth and creatures first started to emerge from the sea onto the land. The first mammals appearing. We’re doing a number of creatures all seriously scientifically based."

"I think when it’s finished it’ll be something that’s referred to for years."

Over at AICN, they reckon the whole thing is a reworking of Malick's Q, an abandoned project he was working on in the 1970s, but it remains to be seen how it's all going to fit together. In any case, colour us excited.


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his older world
The new world should get more respect. Its a fine film, even on its 3d viewing. How bale was instantly likable when he tried stealing smiths girl is remarkable. Even my girlfriend thought so. Although is style is becoming a little predictable. More

Posted by burtbondy at 21:47 on 04 March 2009 | Report This Post

RE: MALICK-GOOD REP, DODGY OUTPUT......
Snake_Eyes you are the Flava Flav of film criticism, and that is not a good thing. More

Posted by Jason Abbey at 20:37 on 03 March 2009 | Report This Post

Walking With Dinosaurs
Since the BBC helped fund the above project, dinosaurs can't really be taken as spectacle anymore. I have never felt the same sensation as I felt when I first saw Jurassic Park. Now all dinosaur related projects are just variations of the same thing. Can Malick provide awe-inspiring views of pre-historic life? Doubt it... More

Posted by THE_Simon at 15:41 on 03 March 2009 | Report This Post

It sounds like Walking with Dinosaurs, which has, er, already been made. More

Posted by riothejedi at 14:43 on 03 March 2009 | Report This Post

Any Malick is good Malick
Well this was one of my most anticipated films of this year (or next depends how long Malick edits this) and this is just cranking up that excitement. I would watch anything that Malick makes. Every film he has made has been superb. More

Posted by mafyou at 11:50 on 03 March 2009 | Report This Post

Pretty up his own arse...
for a guy who's biggest achievment was making cartoon polar bears in a shite movie. When the fuck did it become so shameful to be compared to Jurrasic Park? I'd be fucking delighted t obe compared to Jurrasic Park! More

Posted by shanewire at 11:15 on 03 March 2009 | Report This Post

This is excellent news! More

Posted by wooz at 11:02 on 03 March 2009 | Report This Post

We should also remember that Golden Compass had the worst special effects that year, so despite the gold statuette on his shelf, interviews with Mr Fink do not inspire much confidence. And I'm sick of films being sold on the quality of special effects. Which LoTR film had the least special effects? Fellowship. Which one was the best? Fellowship. More

Posted by Old_Pyrate at 10:36 on 03 March 2009 | Report This Post

MALICK-GOOD REP, DODGY OUTPUT......
Badlands and Days of Heaven are both interesting films but rarely make any top 100 lists, The New World is a complete mess and The Thin Red Line probably would be better regarded if Mr Spielberg hadn't made a far superior WW2 pic the same year. This Project sounds like something Kubrick would have pondered over (for years!) More

Posted by boredbluekoala at 08:43 on 03 March 2009 | Report This Post

Oh please....
.... "It's not Jurassic Park" - yeah, we're too cool for that now aren't we? Get to Fuck Terence Malick! I want back those precious hours I wasted watching that whack-shite 'Thin Red Line' - Motherfucker could'nt direct a Seagull to the coast. More

Posted by Snake-Eyes at 08:31 on 03 March 2009 | Report This Post

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