Cannes: Wild Bunch Takes Sales on Terrence Malick's Documentary 'Voyage of Time'
Brad Pitt is an executive producer and narrator on the film, described as a celebration of the earth from the birth of the universe to its final collapse.
France's Wild Bunch has picked up world sales rights to Terrence Malick's Voyage of Time, a documentary project the Tree of Life filmmaker has been working on for the past 30 years.
Berlin-based Sophisticated Films is producing the film together with The Tree of Life production team, including Brad Pitt, Grant Hill, Dede Gardner, Nicolas Gonda, Sarah Green and Bill Pohlad. Pitt will also narrate the film.
Voyage is described as a celebration of the earth, displaying the whole of time, from the birth of the universe to its final collapse. Malick has been working on the project since the 1970s in collaboration with visual effects artist Dan Glass (The Matrix Trilogy, Batman Begins). The film is set to deliver in 2016 in both a feature-length version and a 40-minute Imax cut. The producers are in discussion with Imax to release Voyage of Time in Imax theaters worldwide.
Said Vincent Maraval from Wild Bunch: "This is a project we have been tracking for years and we are passionate about. This is a classic for the future generations, Malick’s legacy to humanity.”
Said Sophokles Tasioulis of Sophisticated Films: “This story deals with the biggest questions in life, which touch all of us in an emotional, beautiful and awe-inspiring way.”
The film has gone ahead after Malick struck a deal earlier this year with one of the investors, Seven Seas Partnership, which had sued the director's shingle Sycamore Pictures claiming that instead of finishing Voyage, Malick "dedicated his energies to four other films in the last five years."
Malick countersued, claiming Seven Seas was using the lawsuit as a pretext to justify wrongfully terminating its financing and production agreement with Sycamore. Under the settlement, announced in February, Malick has nine months to repay his commitment to Seven Sea.
Wild Bunch will be presenting the first images from the film to selected buyers in Cannes.