Terrence Malick Working On A Tree Of Life Director's Cut
Anyone who caught Terrence Malick’s Oscar-nominated The Tree of Life understand that there had to exist a longer version of the story at some point during the creative process. Heck, even co-star Sean Penn spoke out to the media at some point after the film’s release and wondered what happened to the footage he shot for the framing story … as most of it landed on Malick’s cutting room floor.
The good news, for Tree of Life fans, is that the reclusive director appears to be restoring a lot of footage for a director’s cut of the film. However, from what we’re hearing, Penn’s scenes likely won’t be the focus. The Playlist caught up with Malick’s editor, Billy Weber, at the TCM Classic Film Festival where they learned about Malick’s Tree tinkering.
"I don't even know the total [amount of footage that was shot], it was a huge amount of film, because he shot so many scenes. And I'm pretty sure he's doing a director's cut DVD of Tree Of Life, and that will have some of those scenes deleted [placed back] in," Weber said. "But for the theatrical release, he really thought that it was going to be too much, and he just couldn't put it all in."
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