Imax and Broad Green Pictures have joined Sophisticated Films and Wild Bunch to complete financing of Terrence Malick’s long-anticipated “Voyage of Time.”
Under the deal, Broad Green will have the first opportunity to distribute “Voyage of Time” in North America following the exclusive Imax release.
The move by Broad Green, a distributor launched last summer by brothers Gabriel and Daniel Hammond, follows the acquisitions of Robert Redford’s “A Walk in the Woods” last week at Sundance and several titles at Toronto including “99 Homes,” starring Andrew Garfield.
The Hammond brothers will also executive produce “Voyage of Time,” joining seven other exec producers including Tanner Beard, Mary Bing, Yves Chevalier, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Jacques Perrin, Ryan Rettig and Donald Rosenfeld.
Producers are Dede Gardner, Nicolas Gonda, Sarah Green, Grant Hill, Brad Pitt, Bill Pohlad and Sophokles Tasioulis are producing.
The deal was announced with Malick’s “Knight of Cups,” starring Christian Bale, due to premiere in competition at the Berlin Film Festival this week. His “Tree of Life” won the Palme d’Or at Cannes four years ago; Malick’s “To the Wonder” debuted in 2012.
Wild Bunch began selling “Voyage” at last year’s Cannes Film Festival and has closed deals for Japan with Gaga, France with Mars, Lumiere for Benelux and Edko for Hong Kong.
“Voyage of Time” is described as a “celebration of the universe, displaying the whole of time, from its start to its final collapse.”
Tuesday’s announcement said Malick is working first in the Imax format for a 40-minute version with scientific narration by Brad Pitt, followed by a 35mm feature-length version with narration by Cate Blanchett.
The film is also the first recipient of financing from Imax’s Original Film Fund, first reported by Variety in Cannes in May to co-finance a portfolio of 10 original Imax films.
”Terrence Malick is one of the most innovative filmmakers in the world, and has literally been designing and making this movie with large-format cameras for over 30 years,” said Greg Foster, CEO of Imax Entertainment. “To be able to launch our Film Fund portfolio with Malick and his imaginative style of filmmaking is capturing lightning in a bottle.”
“Terrence Malick is an innovator of epic scope,” said Gabriel and Daniel Hammond of Broad Green Pictures. “We have long admired his work and could not be more excited to partner with him on this.”
The deal was negotiated with the legal support of Stefan Lutje of Olswang Germany LLP, Alan Sacks at Frankfurt Kurnit and Christopher Tricarico at Broad Green.