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Brad Pitt’s "The Tree of Life" Not Falling Until 2011

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    After months of speculation about when it would be ready for public consumption, now comes word that "Tree of Life" won't arrive until next year.

    Fans of writer-director Terrence Malick have long been wondering if the film, which also stars Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain, would be ready for Cannes, then Venice, then Toronto and finally for eligibility for next year's Oscars. But today, Fox Searchlight announced that they will be distributing the film next year. From Fox Searchlight's press release:

    From the acclaimed director of such classic films as Badlands, The Thin Red Line and Days of Heaven, The Tree of Life is the impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950’s chronicling the journey of the eldest son, Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn), through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years - trying to reconcile the complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). Jack finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith.

    Pitt and Chastain (who is about to be insanely famous if her IMDB page is to be believed) as 1950s parents of a young boy who is played in adulthood by Sean Penn. "Each parent contends for his allegiance, and Jack must reconcile their claims. The picture darkens as he has his first glimpses of sickness, suffering and death. The world, once a thing of glory, becomes a labyrinth," according to an old synopsis. Oh, and there are dinosaurs involved.
     
    The bad news, if one reads between the lines (as the guys at /Film did), is that the film likely won;t be released until the fall on 2011, as it is sure to be set up as a serious awards contender.
     
    And to think, just two months ago we figured its release was right around the corner.