Malick’s ‘Tree of Life’ gets a release date?

Posted by · 10:31 am · October 22nd, 2010

Oh the drama of Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life.” At some point I just shut down and dutifully conveyed all of the pointless back-and-forth nuggets, because really, this kind of hype and spectatorship is just unhealthy for a film sight-unseen.

But now you can mark your calendars, because according to a Box Office Mojo scheduling update, Fox Searchlight (which recently acquired the film) will be releasing the film on May 27, 2011.  If you’re keeping score at home, that’s just five days after the 2011 Cannes International Film Festival closes up shop, so I suppose it’s fair to still hold out hope for a bow at that festival.

However, there is still the scuttlebutt regarding Malick’s history with the Berlinale, so it could pop up there first.  The film was slated by EuropaCorp for a February bow in France, but that seems unlikely to me now.

Wherever the film decides to bow, you can bet In Contention will be there int he form of lucky man Guy Lodge, as he covers both fests for us here.  And in any case, the date is set.  Now, show us how hardcore you really are.  Go line up at your multiplex NOW.

[Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures]

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  • 1 10-22-2010 at 1:07 pm

    Graysmith said...

    Could that mean the film is already set for a Cannes bow? It would seem odd otherwise to set a date like that unless you already know you’ll play at Cannes.

  • 2 10-22-2010 at 3:32 pm

    James D. said...

    I can’t think of a film coming out between now and then that I anticipate more.

  • 3 10-22-2010 at 5:38 pm

    Drew said...

    Am I the only one who thinks that a summer release date for a film like this seems odd?

  • 4 10-22-2010 at 5:54 pm

    Pete said...

    Well, if nothing else, it does show some confidence in the movie’s money making ability.

  • 5 10-22-2010 at 6:37 pm

    Drew said...

    I’m hoping that’s the reason.

  • 6 10-22-2010 at 10:02 pm

    Matthew Starr said...

    It’s opening the same weekend as Hangover 2 and Kung Fu Panda 2. Just seems like a bizarre release date for this film.

  • 7 10-23-2010 at 4:20 am

    Graysmith said...

    I think it’s a combination of wanting to capitalize on whatever positive buzz they expect to get out of a Cannes premiere (assuming that’s what’ll happen), and then simply get it out there, in limited release, and do as best as possible. If the film hadn’t already been delayed for so long I think they would’ve waited with releasing it until the fall, but by now it’s already so way overdue that they probably didn’t want to hold off on it even longer.

    Limited releases can do well in the summertime too, just think of The Hurt Locker and this year’s The Kids Are All Right. It’s risky, but at the same time there’s not as much competing for the attention of the art house crowd in the summer either.

  • 8 10-23-2010 at 5:17 am

    Cde. said...

    I think Searchlight should be considering pulling a ‘The American’. Push it as wide as possible. Market it as a massive film event, with Brad Pitt, spectacular visuals, and even a cameo by the dinosaurs. Go for the opening weekend dollars, before people realize what the movie really is.
    It’s probably the best bet financially. Plus, the surreality of seeing a Malick film pushed as a summer blockbuster would make it worth it.

  • 9 6-09-2011 at 1:03 pm

    Bill said...

    Eagerly awaiting the release date of this film in Guam, where America’s day begins. Unfortunately, it will likely never show here in my lifetime!