For cinephiles, it’s like Christmas in July.
Ever since the release of his masterpiece The Tree Of Life in 2011, enigmatic auteur Terrence Malick (of this year’s Knight Of Cups) has been developing a poetic cinematic reflection on the entire history of time and space. Talk about ambitious.
But each successive year would come and go with (seemingly) little-to-no movement on the project, and no projected release date for whatever it was he was allegedly working on, so the debut of the actual trailer (below) for Voyage of Time not only comes as an exciting shock out of nowhere; it does so with the announcement that the epic will actually hit theaters this October.
Released in two versions – a 40-minute IMAX exclusive narrated by Brad Pitt, and a 90-minute feature length piece narrated by Cate Blanchett released in traditional theaters – the official synopsis for Voyage of Time reads as follows:
- Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience is a one-of-a-kind celebration of life and the grand history of the cosmos, transporting audiences into a vast yet up-close and personal journey that spans the eons from the Big Bang to the dinosaur age to our present human world… and beyond. A labor of love from one of American cinema’s most acclaimed and visually exciting filmmakers, Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life), Voyage of Time has been nearly four decades in the making and represents the filmmaker’s first foray into documentary storytelling. The film’s panorama of awe-inspiring images will take you into the heart of monumental events never witnessed — from the birth of the stars and galaxies to the explosion of diverse life-forms on planet earth, including humankind — in immersive new ways that only IMAX can deliver. This is a cosmic experience — a hymn to the glories of nature, life and scientific discovery — in which all the elements come together to form Malick’s most original film to date.
The Pitt/IMAX version is described as one that “immerses audiences directly into the story of the universe and life itself.” The Blanchett/Theatrical full length feature “takes audiences on a poetic and provocative ride full of open questions.”
Yep, that pretty much sounds like Malick.
Voyage of Time will splash across IMAX and Theatrical canvases on October 7, 2016.