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March 3, 2009 - The Tree of Life / plot details, dinosaurs confirmed

Scooped on Saturday, May 23, 2009

Empire magazine has uncovered exciting news about The Tree of Life's storyline. In an interview with Mike Fink, an Oscar-winning special effects supervisor now working on Malick's movie, he states that there will be three version of the film, "a 35mm release, a shorter IMAX version, and then they’re talking about another shorter 35mm version which isn’t quite the IMAX version but not the feature length one either."

And then comes the doozy. "We’re animating dinosaurs, but it’s not Jurassic Park. The attempt is to treat it as if somehow a camera wound up in the middle of these periods when dinosaurs roamed the earth and creatures first started to emerge from the sea onto the land. The first mammals appearing. We’re doing a number of creatures all seriously scientifically based."

Ain't It Cool News did some digging and found a connection between Tree of Life's dinosaurs and an aborted 1970s project called Q that Malick developed. Back then the film was going to be set during World War I in the Middle East but there was to be a prologue featuring a sleeping minotaur that dreams of the formation of the Earth. A Los Angeles magazine interview from 1995 with Malick has him talk about the embryonic movie. Are some of those ideas from Q now being used for The Tree of Life?

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