Director Terrence Malick didn't make anything for the twenty years between Days of Heaven and The Thin Red Line, but the suddenly-prolific filmmaker seems determined to make up for all that lost time this decade. He already released The Tree of Life this year, and has a still-untitled Ben Affleck-Rachel McAdams romance and the documentary Voyage of Time in various stages of production. And today, FilmNation Entertainment has announced two new Malick projects they'll be releasing in the coming years.
The first is called Lawless, and will star Ryan Gosling in the lead, surrounded by an impressive cast that includes Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, and Marley & Me's Haley Bennett. For the second film, Knight of Cups, Bale has the lead role, starring with Cate Blanchett (again) and Isabel Lucas. Nothing has been announced in terms of plots, but, you know, expect some kind of plodding, Malicky things--and maybe tarot cards and/or Xena references. The films will be shot back-to-back next year, still giving you plenty of time to mature to the point where you can choose one of these beautiful, contemplative films for adults ahead of whatever Marvel superhero sequel is showing a theater over. Unless Iron Man 3 ends up looking super awesome, naturally.