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Hanan Townshend Scoring Terrence Malick's 'To The Wonder'

by Kevin Jagernauth
August 13, 2012 12:46 PM
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Bits and pieces. That's how information regarding Terrence Malick's films generally tend to arrive, and it's not different for his upcoming "To The Wonder." What we know so far is that it stars Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem, Rachel Weisz and Barry Pepper and will center on a man who goes to Europe, falls in love, comes back home to get married, only to rekindle a romance with a childhood sweetheart. Of course, that is likely just a starting point for whatever Malick chooses to explore, in his first film to run under 2 hours since "Days Of Heaven," that will be rated R and supposedly even more experimental than "The Tree Of Life." And now another puzzle piece has emerged.

Malick has enlisted Hanan Townshend to score the upcoming movie, bringing in a relatively fresh face after working with folks like Alexandre Desplat, James Horner and Hans Zimmer on his last few films. However, Townshend was already very familiar with how Malick works. One of his pieces, "Eternal Pulse," was featured in the soundtrack to "The Tree Of Life,"  and he performed on a number of tunes as well, and clearly the director liked what he heard to bring him back. Of course, who knows what other pieces of music Malick might bring into the fray, but this is a big step up for Townshend who has largely worked on smaller, lesser known indie flicks until now.

Anyhow, check out his composer reel below -- is it just us, or is that opening school sequence from "The Tree Of Life" a sorta deleted/extended scene? -- along with a playlist of his various works. "To The Wonder" screens at Venice and TIFF in the coming weeks.

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  • Kristin Savage | August 13, 2012 5:14 PMReply

    Very much looking forward to hearing the score by Hanan Townshend, and seeing the film!

  • Paul Maher Jr. | August 13, 2012 2:20 PMReply

    I reported this about a year ago on All Things Shining and was also instrumental in getting him to releases his music for Tree for download on ITunes . . . so this is not exactly a scoop.

  • Fred | August 13, 2012 3:24 PM

    Who called it a scoop?

  • d | August 13, 2012 2:48 PM

    Pretty sure most people didn't know about it. Especially since your blog is private. I'm glad The Playlist brought it to my attention.

  • Ethan | August 13, 2012 1:00 PMReply

    Shouldn't you give credit to IMDb boards, especially when posting 10 day old news? Also, that sequence is in The Tree of Life just as is.

  • nihilist | August 13, 2012 1:58 PM

    This sequence is in the movie... Oogle Monster, Tree of Life is A MASTERPIECE (unlike Inception) ;-)

  • serpico | August 13, 2012 1:38 PM

    Um...if final cut means the cut that's on my Tree of Life blu ray disc, then this sequence is definitley in the final cut.

  • Ethan | August 13, 2012 1:34 PM

    @OggleMonster I'm currently watching it on my Blu-ray as I speak. It's there, The Playlist were wrong which is a bit surprising for such supposed Malick fanboys.

  • Lou | August 13, 2012 1:29 PM

    Ethan is right... The school sequence is in the movie... And it's the exact sequence as in this video.

  • oogle monster | August 13, 2012 1:21 PM

    School sequence is not in the final cut.

  • yer | August 13, 2012 12:48 PMReply

    I cherish every piece of information I get from this film. Absolutely cannot wait for the release....

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