For much of Terrence Malick's career, his workflow has been defined by single projects taking years at a time to take shape and finish before he moves on to the next one. Now, it seems the guy is making up for lost time. With "The Tree of Life" hitting theaters this spring, the director currently has his untitled film -- aka "The Burial" -- in post-production and is also at some stage of development with his "Voyage of Time" documentary which recently added Emma Thompson as a narrator alongside Brad Pitt. Earlier this year word cropped up that Malick was starting another film, one that would be small in nature that would potentially shoot late summer/early fall. Not much has been heard since, but it looks like that film is now moving full steam ahead with an early 2012 start being eyed.
Twitch reports that Christian Bale -- who starred in "The New World" and was set for "The Burial" but was replaced by Ben Affleck -- is set to reteam with the director on the new project. Of course, details are unknown other than it will apparently feature an even smaller cast than "The Burial" (which features Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem, Barry Pepper and Jessica Chastain) which certainly falls in line with earlier reports that Malick intends "to be finished with this one in a matter of months.” The story will center around two leads, one male (Bale) and one female, with Rooney Mara, Haley Bennet ("Marley & Me," "Kaboom"), Clemence Poesy and Mia Wasikowska all said to be in contention for the part. And well, that's it.
Of course, when we'll get to see these pics is anybody's guess. The U.K. rights to "The Burial" recently sold to Optimum and we would guess that if indeed it's coming next year, another trip to Cannes will be in the works. As for "Voyage of Time" and this new project, who's to say. But with early word that Malick expects to get it done sooner rather than later, that certainly bodes well though anything can happen when the mercurial director gets behind the camera. Hell, his whole vision for the project could change between now and the New Year. But clearly, the 67-year-old director is newly inspired and we couldn't be more excited. Let's hope more details arrive soon.