Finally. After years of waiting, Terrence Malick’s now almost mythical documentary “Voyage of Time” has finally set a U.S. release date – October 7th this year through IMAX and Broad Green Pictures.
The Ennio Morricone-scored documentary is one of the longest gestating films of the famed auteur, first announced seven years ago. Two versions were said to be in the works – a 40-minute IMAX cut narrated by Brad Pitt, and a 35mm feature-length version narrated by Cate Blanchett. The project is said to be one of his most ambitious, a “celebration of the universe, displaying the whole of time, from its start to its final collapse.”
To put it more simply – take that amazing half-hour ‘birth of the universe’ segment in Malick’s “The Tree of Life”, cut out the rest of the film around it including Sean Penn’s beach walks and Texan coming-of-age ponderings about parental influence, and then expand on what’s left.
The date was discovered deep in an IMAX press release about first quarter 2016 earnings by the Malick Facebook fan community One Big Soul. That October 7th date will be for the IMAX version, no word on the feature-length version which could either be simultaneous, or more likely after the IMAX version has wrapped its run.