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FilmNation Announces Two Terrence Malick Projects Starring Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling and More

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire November 1, 2011 at 8:9AM

In some very surprising news, FilmNation has announced not one but two new Terrence Malick projects, with casts that include the likes of Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara.
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In some very surprising news, FilmNation has announced not one but two new Terrence Malick projects, with casts that include the likes of Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara.

Film Nation is handling international sales and distribution on both films, titled "Lawless" and "Knight of Cups," respectively.

Bale and Blanchett will star in both films, while Gosling and Mara are in "Lawless." Both films are currently in pre-production and will shoot back-to-back in 2012.

The news is surprising because it represents what seems like a remarkable change of tune for the generally slow-paced Malick, who has directed only 5 films since his 1973 debut "Badlands," including this year's "The Tree of Life." But he's already completed filming on "The Tree of Life"'s untitled follow-up - which stars Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams - and now two more films are on tap.

International sales will begin during the American Film Market. CAA will represent domestic rights to both films.

Full press release below.

(Los Angeles, CA) November 2, 2011 – FilmNation Entertainment is continuing their relationship with acclaimed director Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life, The Thin Red Line) and handling international sales and distribution on his next two films. LAWLESS will star Ryan Gosling (Drive, The Ides of March) and boasts a supporting cast that includes Academy Award Winners Christian Bale (The Dark Knight, The Flowers of War), Cate Blanchett (The Hobbit, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) plus Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network) and Haley Bennett (Marley & Me, The Haunting of Molly Hartley).

The second film, KNIGHT OF CUPS, will star Christian Bale with a supporting cast including Cate Blanchett and Isabel Lucas (Immortals, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen). Both films are currently in pre-production and will shoot back-to-back in 2012. Sarah Green (Untitled Terrence Malick Project, The Tree of Life, The New World, Take Shelter, Mud) and Nicolas Gonda (Untitled Terrence Malick Project, The Tree of Life, The New World) will serve as the producers on both films with FilmNation Entertainment handling international sales during this week’s AFM.

Glen Basner, CEO of FilmNation Entertainment commented: "FilmNation couldn't be happier to continue to act as Terrence's international sales agency. Terrence is a brilliant filmmaker and an enormous draw for talent and filmmakers alike. We look forward to robust sales at AFM on both of these films.”

“Glen Basner and the entire FilmNation team continue to be excellent partners. We are thrilled to be working with them again to bring these extraordinary projects to audiences around the world”, commented producers Sarah Green and Nicolas Gonda.

CAA will represent domestic rights to both films.

FilmNation Entertainment has secured sales for all territories on Malick’s next currently untitled film starring Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Javier Bardem and Rachel Weisz. The following territories and respective distributors have been confirmed: Studio Canal UK in the United Kingdom; Roadshow Films in Australia/New Zealand; VVS Films in Canada, Ster Kinekor in South Africa; West in CIS; Metropolitan Film in France, Rai in Italy; Vertigo Films in Spain; Studio Canal Germany in Germany; Odeon in Greece/Cyprus; Sam Films in Iceland; A-Film in Benelux; LEV Cinemas in Israel; Italia Film International in Middle East; Lusomundo Audiovisuais in Portugal; Nordisk Film in Scandinavia; Elite Film in Switzerland; Kalinos Filmcilik in Turkey; Eastern European Acquisition Pool in Bulgaria, Czech/Slovak, Hungary, Poland and Romania; Cinemania Group is Ex-Yugoslavia; Sun Distribution Group in Latin America; HGC in China; PT Amero in Indonesia; Studio Solution Group in Taiwan and IPA in Thailand.

In addition, FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales for the following titles at AFM: The Comedian starring Robert De Niro and Kristen Wiig and to be directed by Sean Penn; untitled Snow White project with Lily Collins and Julia Roberts; Jeff Nichols’ Mud starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon; Oren Peli’s untitled project; Zhang Yimou’s epic The Flowers of War; Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike starring Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer; Wettest County starring Shia LaBeouf; Gambit starring Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz; Looper starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt; Crush starring Lucas Till; Under the Skin with Scarlett Johannson; and Midnight’s Children.

About FilmNation Entertainment

One of the leading independent international sales & distribution and production companies in the world, FilmNation Entertainment was founded in 2008 by veteran international sales executive Glen Basner.

FilmNation handled international sales on the Academy Award Best Picture winner The King’s Speech, plus acclaimed films such as Pedro Almodóvar’s La Piel Que Habito (The Skin I Live In) and Jeff Nichols’ Take Shelter.

FilmNation Entertainment’s production slate includes James McTeigue’s The Raven which stars John Cusack and Luke Evans and Mark Tonderai’s House at the End of the Street starring Jennifer Lawrence, Max Thieriot, and Elisabeth Shue and Jeff Nichols’ Mud starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon.

The company is currently in pre-production and fully financing the Untitled Oren Peli project; in development on James McTeigue’s Message from the King from writers Oliver Butcher and Stephen Cornwell; F*cking Engaged which will star Jessica Biel; The Faces to be directed by Paul Solet; The Amateur American directed by Ross Katz; and Guy Hibbert's screenplay Eye in the Sky with Oliver Hirschbiegel attached to direct.

FilmNation has delivered on its philosophy of providing an unrivaled level of “added value” for its clients across all aspects of its business and serves as the exclusive international sales agent for Relativity Media, Media Rights Capital (MRC), Samuels Media Group, GreeneStreet Films and a non-exclusive multi-picture deal with Endgame Entertainment.