QUOTE(Jeffrey Overstreet @ Aug 20 2006, 09:45 PM)
Anybody here heard about this? (I see Peter mentioned it in his blog about a year ago.)
is a link to the original news item from 2005. There are some comments about halfway down here
about a 1978 Malick project that sounds similar :
"And yet in the summer of 1978, Malick had begun work on Q-easily his most ambitious project. The original concept was a multicharacter drama set in the Middle East during World War I, with a prologue set in prehistoric times. But after dispatching an assistant for 10 weeks to scout locations, Malick chucked the Middle East section. By the end of the year, the prehistoric prologue had become the whole script.
'Imagine this surrealistic reptillian world,' says Richard Taylor(now with WETA) a special effects consultant Malick hired. "There is this creature, a Minotaur, sleeping in the water, and he dreams about the evolution of the universe, seeing the earth change from a sea of magma to the earliest vegetation, to the dinosaurs, and then to man. It would be this metaphorical story that moves you through time.'"
The IMDB trivia section for Tree of Life
connects these two projects. It sounds rather mytho-poetical, perhaps his success with The New World
convinced him he could also do Q
QUOTE(opus @ Aug 20 2006, 11:33 PM)
I wonder how this will differentiate itself from The Fountain, which is also a sci-fi movie about the tree of life, and which involves jumping through various time periods.
I wondered about that as well, but this may just be an accident of timing. I have read numerous sci-fi short stories and novels about jumping through various time periods that have all been excellent in and of themselves. I would be more than willing to watch both!