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Terrence Malick Goes VOD? Magnolia Pictures Picks Up ‘To The Wonder’ For 2013 Release

by Kevin Jagernauth
September 28, 2012 11:12 AM
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To The Wonder Ben Affleck Olga Kurylenko

So, will Terrence Malick fans not in major markets have to watch the director's latest on VOD? That will be the big question as Magnolia Pictures have picked up the U.S. rights to "To the Wonder."

It's certainly an interesting pick up for the indie/genre shingle who tend to specialize in limited theatrical releases followed by a heavy push on digital outlets. But the divisive reception to the movie in Venice and Toronto certainly suggested that no major studio or indie outlets would be touching the moving (unfortunately). Some have sneered at the movie for being Malick-lite (whatever that means), and while the film is not without its problems, beneath the surface of the picture (which seems to be all anyone can talk about, usually derisively) is a movie that explores the haunted pain of a relationship falling apart, and asks heartfelt questions about how we can love in a world poisoned by man and abandoned by God.

The movie boasts the usually stunning visuals that Malick's films have come to be known for, but will it get the big screen treatment it deserves?According to a press release the film will have a multi-platform strategy that starts with a theatrical release, in 2013. Deadline opines that  the film would struggle in a wider theatrical release plan." And unfortunately, that's probably true. It doesn't have a Brad Pitt to hang the picture on, and while it does have Ben Affleck, the mostly dialogue-free picture largely centers on Olga Kurylenko, while Rachel McAdams' appearance is quite brief.

No exact details on what Magnolia's plans for the movie will be, but for comparison sake, Lars Von Trier's "Melancholia," reached 145 screens at the heigh of its expansion. You might want to plan a roadtrip to see "To the Wonder."

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  • c | September 28, 2012 3:51 PMReply


  • Anonymouse | September 28, 2012 2:40 PMReply

    will this effect financing for any future films? i'd love for malick to mix it up with an adaptation of classic, modern, or even contemporary literature with every other or third film he directs.

  • guttersnipe | September 28, 2012 4:06 PM

    He's got two underway already so they can't back out of those now. To be honest, three unreleased Malick films (plus The Voyage of Time) to look forward to is fine for now. That'll keep us going until the latter part of this decade, knowing his methods.

  • cunterbrick | September 28, 2012 1:44 PMReply

    Personally at this point I don't mind if it is VOD. At least we'll get to see it. And frankly Malick films are often better in a quiet space, free of people rustling popcorn around and making snide comments.

  • Charles | March 27, 2013 7:23 PM

    Exactly! And, everyone is always talking about new technology, but then wring their hands when someone actually uses it. We're all so chained to the theater-going experience. It can be great, but most of the time, you're sharing the space with people who wandered in because Affleck is in the movie and they're expecting Armageddon 2 or something.

    Malick will never be short of work. He'll never be short of funds. And he'll never be short of great actors who want to work with him. VOD just makes his work even more accessible.

  • PubbyPab | September 28, 2012 11:35 AMReply

    It is admittedly difficult to love in a world poised by man. Or poised by anyone, really.

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