“We met when he was involved with Che,” said producer-financier-distributor Bill Pohlad of Malick last October. “He pitched me an idea that I thought was crazy, and it turned out to be The Tree Of Life, which we're doing together now.”
Even Pohlad had his doubts. “It wasn't a case of, ‘Sure, whatever you want to do.’ It evolved over a period of time - the development of the idea and our personal friendship - and then I felt as strongly about it as he did.”
So what what would The Tree Of Life prove to be? A typically media-shy Malick refused to be drawn on the topic, having avoided talking with journalists for pretty much the entirety of his career.
But it could be that Tree has its origins back in the summer of 1978. Back with a script mysteriously titled Q...