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Hanan Townshend Reunites With Terrence Malick To Score ‘Knight Of Cups’

Hanan Townshend Reunites With Terrence Malick To Score 'Knight Of Cups'

Terrence Malick has let many collaborators into his secretive, creative lair but only a select few have become regulars. But it looks like Hanan Townshend will join folks like production designer Jack Fisk, editor Billy Weber and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki as one of the lucky few.

The composer has reunited with the filmmaker to score the director’s upcoming “Knight of Cups,” his second straight gig with Malick after composing the score for “To the Wonder.” Of course, little is actually known of the plot, but it will feature in varying capacities (depending on who gets cut or not): Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Isabel Lucas, Antonio Banderas, Wes Bentley, Imogen Poots, Freida Pinto, Teresa Palmer, Ryan O’Neal, Jason Clarke, Joel Kinnaman and Shea Whigham.

But that’s not all Townshend is working on. He’s also been hired to contribute additional music to the Malick-produced “The Green Glade Rises,” which is now being called “The Better Angels.” Starring Wes Bentley, Brit Marling, Diane Kruger and Jason Clarke, and directed by Malick protégé and collaborator A.J. Edwards, this one will tell the story of the childhood years of Abraham Lincoln. Really. Zbigniew Preisner (“The Three Colors” trilogy, “The Double Life of Veronique“) is handling the main scoring duties

So, will we finally see both these movies in 2014? As always with Malick, who knows. [Film Music Reporter]

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My only fear about Malick's new movies is they'll just be a continuation of what he was doing in "To The Wonder" which I think is by a large margin his worst film. What might help his next two movies is he has a more diverse & expressive cast. I'm not saying Ben Affleck & Olga Kurylenko were bad in TTW but I do think actors like Christian Bale & Cate Blanchett have perfected the art of saying so much by expressing so little.


Diane Kruger talked "The Better Angels" in august on the site Craveonline. It's completed and she says it's gorgeous:

"Did you shoot The Green Blade Rises already?
Mm hmm. I don’t know when it’s coming out. It’s just about finished I think. It is probably, just to look at, one of the most beautiful movies I’ve ever made. It’s black and white. It’s real film. Just for the look alone we should go see it. It’s as arthouse as they come, very in the line of Terrence Malick’s films but it’s just gorgeous. Really, I can’t gush about it enough. I was totally blown away when I saw it.

You describe it as a Terrence Malick film, is it that nonlinear or is there a story to it too?
Well, he produces it. There is a historical story to it. It’s very little dialogue but it’s very much, maybe also because it’s black and white, there’s very much this sense of the harsh times back then and how this young boy was so different in his family and how his father didn’t really quite know how to handle a boy that wanted to learn. They were farmers. He did not believe in education. He didn’t read himself or write himself, so he was initially very upset with his son for not being a tough farmboy. He was so different. What’s beautiful about that movie is it’s Abraham Lincoln’s story, but it could be any boy’s story who gets pushed in the right direction.

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