Well, it’s looking like we can officially take ‘To The Wonder’ off of our 2012 Oscar predictions, not that the Early Reviews didn’t already suggest that. Terrence Malick’s film has gone without a buyer for a surprisingly long time, but that’s changed today as Magnolia Pictures has stepped in to pick up the movie for release. They’re said to be planning a multi-platform distribution model, which would fit in with most of the work they put out. They’re also going to wait until next year to do this, so dreams of 2 Malick films in 2 years are dead for now, unless his next projects are moving quickly too. We’ll see about that, but after the jump I’ll get into what this means. Suffice to say, it’s not going to be another ‘The Tree of Life’ for the filmmaker. Read on below for more…
With a much smaller studio than usual backing the film this time around, Terrence Malick’s flick will have to reach audiences in a new way. I think this is both a good and bad thing. On the one hand, it really takes it out of the Oscar race not just this year, but next year as well. On the other hand though, it can potentially get to a new group of people who will give something a chance with VOD that they wouldn’t in theaters. Time will tell how ‘To The Wonder’ ends up doing, but I’ll be taking notice.
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