Investors are angry that the director took their money and made four other films instead.
Terrence Malick has never been a director to release film after film, inheriting the welfare that success in Hollywood can provide. In the last four decades, Malick has released just six films, making sure fans of his first two, 1973’s Badlands and 1978′s Days of Heaven, grew a few more grey hairs before he released his next feature twenty years later (1998′s The Thin Red Line). So what’s next for Mr Malick? A lawsuit from his investors for making too many films, of course, while forgetting to finish the one he originally agreed to make.
Investors Seven Seas Partnership have lost patience over their $3.3 million investment in a series of films that have been in production for over half a decade. The film in question, The Voyage of Time, was to be a documentary narrated by Brad Pitt about the ascent of man. It would’ve been split into two 45-minute IMAX films and one feature film.
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Malick has been accused of using part of these funds to finish work on other films, a notion that was rejected by Malick’s lawyer, who said that the film “was on budget, on schedule, and all funds were used appropriately”. Hard to believe a man who usually dedicates a decade to each of his projects would be on schedule.
Seven Seas Partnership’s sudden concern comes from an agreement that Malick would only work on other projects if they didn’t interfere, or take priority over The Voyage of Time. But since the $3.3 million investment, Malick has released the Oscar-nominated The Tree of Life and To The Wonder, and is expected to release Knight of Cups later this year, as well as an untitled project in 2014.
Seven Seas want the court to have Malick pay back the investment and hand over any footage and other material that’s linked to Voyage of Time. Whoever the court sides with, let’s hope Malick pays off his debt quicker than it takes him to release his movies. Probably won’t though.
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