Sounds like you can partly blame Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” for this.
The project is said to have already been filming for a few weeks near Anzio, south of Rome, including in the nature reserve of Tor Caldara and an adjacent beach.
The film is also said to be allegedly about the life of Jesus Christ. Specifically it “reportedly convey passages ‘in the life of Christ’ through representing evangelical parables”. There is currently no news of casting.
The news comes as Malick recently debuted his latest WW2 film “A Hidden Life” at Cannes. Fox Searchlight acquired the rights to the film for a reported $14 million with a likely Fall release planned.