CANNES– Surely moving waves at a largely calm Cannes market, Wild Bunch and Berlin-based Sophisticated Films are bringing Terence Malick’s long-anticipated, 30-years-in-gestation “Voyage of Time” onto the Cannes market.
Having acquired international rights, Wild Bunch will present first images of the project to selected buyers at Cannes.
“Voyage” is lead-produced by former Terra Mater exec Sophokles Tasioulis at Sophisticated Films, which co-produced Gerardo Olivares “Among Wolves.”
Reassembling producers behind “The Tree of Life,” Voyage’s producing team includes Plan B Entertainment prexy Dede Gardner, Nicolas Gonda,, who also produced “To the Wonder,” Sarah Green, producer of Malick’s films from “The New World,” Brad Pitt, and Grant Hill and Bill Pohlad, both producers on “Tree of Life.”
Executive Producers are Tanner Beard, Mary Bing, Yves Chevalier and Donald Rosenfeld.
Pitt’s continued involvement in “Voyage” would suggest he may well provide one of the film’s voiceovers.
“Voyage of Time” “is a celebration of the earth, displaying the whole of time, from the birth of the universe to its final collapse,” Wild Bunch and Sophisticated announced early Tuesday.
They also hinted at least about “Voyage’s” much speculated-about contents. “Voyage” “examines all that went to prepare the miracle that stands before us now. After the nebulae and supernovae, after the lands of lava and smoke, after the elaboration of the first cells, first fish, first amphibians and reptiles, this great wonder!” a statement said.
“Using words and music, we are encouraged to view the grand cosmos and the minute life systems of our planet with gratitude and awe, in Malick’s most ambitious film to date.”
Malick has been working on this project since the 1970’s, collaborating with vfx artist Dan Glass (“Matrix Trilogy,” “Batman Begins”) and others.
The film is being created with the aid of “leading experts in natural history cinematography,” who, “using IMAXTM cameras, have captured the planet in an unprecedented way,” Sophisticated and Wild Bunch commented.
“Voyage” will be delivered in 2016 in a feature-length version and a 40-minute large-format version. The producers are in discussion with IMAX Corporation to release the giant screen version in IMAX(r) Theatres.
Said Tasioulis: “This story deals with the biggest questions in life, which touch all of us in an emotional, beautiful and awe-inspiring way. We are very happy to see it in the hands of such an excellent and ardent company as Wild Bunch.
Wild Bunch’s Vincent Maraval added: “This is a project we have been tracking for years and we are passionate about. This is a classic for the future generations, Malick’s legacy to humanity.”
Before joining Red Bull Media House’s Terra Mater Factual Studios as head of cinema, Tasioulis’ producer credits include some of the biggest nature documentaries of last decade, such as BBC’s deep ocean “Deep Blue” and the animal migration-themed “Earth.”