The journey of filmmaker Terrence Malick‘s Voyage of Time is nearing its own epic proportions at this point. The conception for the film was first announced years ago as an IMAX documentary about the history of life in our universe (not exactly a slapdash subject). But as Malick has been involved in several other movies since (including Knight of Cups), the project seemed to have stalled.
Then in 2014, Voyage of Time was shopped to buyers at Cannes, and now, IMAX, along with Broad Green Pictures, will being joining Sophisticated Films and Wild Bunch to complete the financing. Through this deal, Broad Green will receive the first North American distribution rights, after its exclusive IMAX release.
The film is also the first recipient of the IMAX Original Film Fund, which began in May. According to the press release,
The Fund, capitalized at $50-plus million, will co-finance a portfolio of 10 original IMAX films that will enable IMAX’s worldwide network to provide new digital content to its institutional partners in the form of documentaries that employ cutting-edge techniques, innovative filmmakers such as Malick, and embrace fresh new perspectives in documentary storytelling.
Voyage of Time was spawned from footage Malik shot for The Tree of Life, and will continue to explore those kinds of complex themes of science and spirit, birth and death, and the largest regions of the cosmos down to the smallest life on Earth. Two versions will be released: a 40-minute IMAX version, narrated by Brad Pitt, and a 35mm feature-length version narrated by Cate Blanchett.
The press release didn’t mention the formerly planned 2016 release of the film, so that remains in question. Still, with all of the backing in place and the voice actors now officially on the roster, Malick fans should be able to feel confident that this Voyage will eventually end up in theaters.
You can read the full press release at the SOURCE.