A fan’s tribute to Terrence Malick
I’ve been following the slow-building saga of Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life for a while now and there has been some definite movement in recent days. For one thing, Brad Pitt, who has replaced Heath Ledger, and fam have moved to Smithville, Texas, which locals are now calling “Pitville.” Austin 360 is keeping tabs on the production has found three YouTube videos of what looks like the 60,000 pound old oak tree they’ve chosen for the shoot. Production designer is Jack Fisk, cinematographer is Emmanuel Lubezki. Sean Penn also stars.
The notoriously private director is keeping things quiet for now but with Brad and Angie in town, something tells me it won’t be much of a secret for long.
There isn’t a good deal of information out there about Tree of Life, which is also written by Malick, but it is supposedly a project he began working on in the 1970s and looks to be a kind of sweeping epic of the evolution of mankind. You know, just a simple story.