Al prossimo Festival di Berlino debutterà finalmente Knight of Cups, il nuovo film di Terrence Malick, prodotto da Ken Kao e Alex Walton, con la loro nuova creatura, la Bloom.
Il primo è l’erede dell’impero Garmin, il secondo lavorava alla Paramount Vantage. Assieme hanno deciso di fondare una nuova realtà, che si occuperà di produrre i film che le major ormai non fanno più, sull’esempio di Megan Ellison e la sua Annapurna Pictures.
Il debutto ufficiale è avvenuto a Cannes, quando assieme hanno presentato la società ed il loro nuovo progetto Sea of Trees di Gus Van Sant con Matthew McConaughey.
In produzione ci sono anche Elvis & Nixon con Kevin Spacey e Michael Shannon e il nuovo film da 60 milioni di dollari di Shane Black, The Nice Guys, con Russell Crowe e Ryan Gosling, che sarà distribuito dalla Warner Bros.
The Hollywood Reporter li ha intervistati in vista della presentazione di The Knight of Cups.
The first film I ended up producing was Rampart[in 2011], and that one was born from my relationship with WME. I was the only financier on both. The Malick camp is very private. We sat down around the time of The Tree of Life and had a great conversation about life and filmmaking, and it grew into a trusted relationship and partnership that’s endured now for over three years.
Kao ha dato anche qualche informazioen in più sulla trama del film: Christian Bale plays Rick, who is a screenwriter and filmmaker living in California. From the outside, it looks like he has everything. Inside, he’s empty in a lot of ways, and this is his journey of figuring out a way to fill the void.
Il processo creativo è stato come al solito lunghissimo per Malick: It’s all about calibrating expectations. He was working on a stream-of-consciousness film that he was very frustrated by. So, very early on, I threw out the idea that he was going to deliver the film on time. What I did do was encourage Terry to ask for help. His process is to shoulder most of the load and feel very protective about what he’s doing.
E anche Bale si è calato interamente nel suo personaggio: Bale was very professional. It was a tough time for him because [The Dark Knight Rises] was going on and the whole Aurora, Colo. [shooting] thing. You could see it really frayed him. And he’s a total method actor, too. So it’s a challenge for him. It’s not easy to show up and stare off into the sky for five or six hours of the day.
Walton chiarisce meglio gli obiettivi della nuova società: Six to eight films a year is our general goal. It will probably be a 50-50 mix of films from Waypoint and prestige third-party titles like Elvis & Nixon that we handle overseas.