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Terrence Malick will plant a new tree with Christian Bale and Olga Kurylenko

February 3, 2010 | 12:58 pm

Terrence Malick is still editing, tweaking, adjusting and otherwise fiddling with his latest movie, the Sean Penn-Brad Pitt tour de but-what-the-heck-is-it-actually-about "Tree of Life." But apparently the meticulous auteur already has an eye outside the editing room and on the set of his next film. So much for those 20-year hiatuses.

Mal According to the company selling said project at the Berlin Film Festival, Malick will in the fall begin shooting an untitled picture, described by said company simply as a "romantic drama" and a "powerful and moving love story" (elaborate detail by Malickian standards, actually). As he did for "Tree," Malick has lined up a top-tier cast; this one includes Christian Bale and Javier Bardem (and also features Bond Girl Olga Kurylenko and Holmes girl Rachel McAdams), it was revealed today.

Film Nation, the startup sales and financing company from former Weinstein Company executive Glen Basner, is financing and selling the project, while Bill Pohlad, whose River Road is behind "Tree of Life," is among the producers.

Given Malick's famously slow work pace -- he went silent between "Days of Heaven in 1978 and "The Thin Red Line" in 1998 and has been editing and reediting "Tree of Life" for some time -- the new romance should probably hit sometime in 2019. But maybe the best news about the fall start date for the new film is that it means that "Tree of Life" -- a movie about a Midwestern boy's journey, according to a thousand read tea leaves -- is actually close to completion. That is, until the director goes back to prune more branches.

-- Steven Zeitchik

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What does this mean for the next Batman movie? It had been rumored that the sequel to The Dark Knight would start filming later this year. Is the Batman movie dead in the water?

Who cares about Batman? Terrence Malick is making at least two films this decade - that's way more important.

Bale-Bardem? if this is that kind of movie where bale gets second lead again, he should fire his agent

Christian Bale would only appear in a romantic drama for Terrence Malick, and I can see why. The New World blew me away, and made me a Terrence Malick fan for life. It's not a perfect movie, but it had its own beauty. I'm looking forward to these two films!

Malick is a master. The antithesis of Hollywood, there's not a bum film in his credits. I'll take that any day over the hit-or-miss mentality. And pound for pound, Malick's resume is more impressive for its brevity.

Why call actresses Olga Kurylenko and Rachel McAdams "Bond Girl" and "Holmes girl"? Can't you just call them actresses?

COOL!! Bale's an awesome actor and I'm sure this will be well-worth seeing!! But, still don't want to wait much longer for sequel to the "Dark Knight." I hope they really get that one cranked out by next yr like I've heard!!


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