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Editor Billy Weber Says Terrence Malick Working On DVD Director's Cut Of 'Tree Of Life'; 'Voyage Of Time' Coming In 2014

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist May 1, 2013 at 11:47AM

While Terrence Malick has become somewhat known for cutting people out of his movies (just yesterday we learned Michael Shannon was on the chopping block for "To The Wonder," and we have a whole feature devoted to actors who got snipped), in one case he's going back and putting footage back into a movie. You might remember that two years ago, cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki revealed that Malick went back to the 300 plus miles of footage he shot for "The Tree Of Life" with plans for a six hour version of the movie. And while the running time is yet to be determined, and we haven't really heard anything about it since, it does seem that Malick is preparing a longer cut of the movie.
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While Terrence Malick has become somewhat known for cutting people out of his movies (just yesterday we learned Michael Shannon was on the chopping block for "To The Wonder," and we have a whole feature devoted to actors who got snipped), in one case he's going back and putting footage back into a movie. You might remember that two years ago, cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki revealed that Malick went back to the 300 plus miles of footage he shot for "The Tree Of Life" with plans for a six hour version of the movie. While the running time is yet to be determined, and we haven't really heard anything about it since, it does seem that Malick is preparing a longer cut of the movie.

We recently caught up with the director's longtime editor Billy Weber at the TCM Classic Film Festival, and he shared that Malick is indeed tinkering with "The Tree Of Life," and putting material back into the movie. "I don't even know the total [amount of footage that was shot], it was a huge amount of film, because he shot so many scenes. And 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," Weber said. "But for the theatrical release, he really thought that it was going to be too much, and he just couldn't put it all in."

Of course, just what exactly will be put back is anybody's guess. Lubezki had previously stated (apologies for the Google translate), "The longer version will [likely], for the most part, relate to the children part. There were outstanding things, we've shot many, many things about Jack's childhood : his friends, his evolution, his changes, his awareness of the loss of his childhood..." Nor, is there any word if Fox Searchlight will release the new cut, or if someone like The Criterion Collection will take it on. But if the new version expands on family, what about all the cosmos/dinosaurs/world of wonder stuff? 

Well, we reckon that's all going to be in "Voyage Of Time," the documentary Malick has been developing and working on for years. Again, this one has been flying pretty far under the radar, and last fall, producer Sarah Green cautioned,  "There are large parts shot already but it’s a multi-year project so there’s a way to go yet." But could it be coming next year, with a distribution deal already locked into place? 

" '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," Weber stated. While details on the documentary have bene vague -- it's said to be massive in scope, exploring "the first signs of life, bacteria, cellular pioneers, first love, consciousness, the ascent of humanity, life and death and the end of the universe” -- Emma Thompson and Brad Pitt have been previously reported to be among the narrators. 

So all said and done -- keep your eyes peeled and ears open, because Malick has a few surprises up his sleeves it seems. We'll have more from our interview with Weber later this week. "To The Wonder" is in theaters and on VOD now. --interview by Diana Drumm

This article is related to: Voyage Of Time, IMAX, Billy Weber, Terrence Malick, The Tree Of Life


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