IMAX and indie distributor Broad Green Pictures have joined Sophisticated Films and Wild Bunch to complete financing of Voyage Of Time, the Terrence Malick big scale film. Broad Green has the option to distribute the film after it makes an IMAX debut. Pic was sold at Cannes with GAGA, Lumiere Mars and Edko among those to sign on to release in their home territories. Brad Pitt and Bill Pohlad–Malick’s co-conspirators on the Oscar nominated Tree Of Life–are among a long line of producers. Per the filmmakers, the pic is a celebration of the universe, displaying the whole of time, from its start to its final collapse. This film examines all that occurred to prepare the world that stands before us now: science and spirit, birth and death, the grand cosmos and the minute life systems of our planet. Malick is working first in the IMAX format for a 40-minute version with scientific narration by Pitt, followed by a 35mm feature-length version with narration by Cate Blanchett.
Voyage Of Time becomes the first recipient of an Original Film Fund worth $50 million that IMAX announced last May to cofi 10 films. IMAX has proven to be a go-to venue for films that distribute in outside the box ways; it also pledged to show the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon spinoff that has a Netflix deal and is generally barred by the major theater chains. IMAX senior exec veep Greg Foster said Malick has been working on this film 30 years and that “to be able to launch our Film Fund portfolio with Malick and his imaginative style of film making is capturing lightning in a bottle. We look forward to working with Terry and his producing partners on this groundbreaking film.”
Said Broad Green Pictures principals Gabriel and Daniel Hammond: “Terrence Malick is an innovator of epic scope. We have long admired his work and could not be more excited to partner with him on this project.”