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Terrence Malick "Status" Report: One-Time 'Lawless,' 'To the Wonder,' 'Knight of Cups'

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood May 16, 2012 at 12:29PM

Cannes would be happy to have anything from Terrence Malick; the fest bestowed upon him their Palme d'Or last year for "The Tree of Life," which went on to top many ten-bests of 2011 and even landed a coveted spot on Roger Ebert's greatest films of all time.

Cast: Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz, Javier Bardem, Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen, Amanda Peet.

Plot: A philandering man (Affleck) falls for and marries a European woman after a heated affair (former Bond-girl Kurylenko); the marriage (which gets the woman a visa) falls apart and Affleck reignites a relationship with a former flame from his hometown in Oklahoma (Rachel McAdams) [FilmStage]. Bardem's role is said to be that of a Priest who offers Affleck's character advice.

Release: ThePlaylist speculates on the possibilities surrounding "To The Wonder"'s release. Shop at Cannes? Release via Tugg?

Gosling & Mara, Malick set
The Project Formerly Known as "Lawless"

Status: In production. The shoot has included music festivals SXSW and Austin City Limits, and bands Neon Indian, Arcade Fire, Iron & Wine, Fleet Foxes and The Cult were lensed for potential inclusion in the film.

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Natalie Portman, Rooney Mara, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Haley Bennett and (possibly) Matthew McConaughey, Wes Bentley.

Plot: The Austin, TX music scene; two intersecting love trials, sexual obsession and betrayal.

"Knight of Cups"

Status: Pre-production; Summer shoot planned.

Cast: Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Isabel Lucas, Wes Bentley

Plot: A man in search of love and truth.

Plus: The Untitled Jerry Lee Lewis Project

Status: Long-gestating project, which Brad Pitt's Plan B is producing. Pitt and Portman have been rumored to be involved. This 1995 Los Angeles Times article by Joe Gillis has early development details, some fascinating commentary on the Malick ("a genius") and his work ("a risk"), and an awkward interview with the director.

This article is related to: Terrence Malick, Directors, IN THE WORKS, Cannes Film Festival, Cannes, Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, The Tree of Life

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.