Announced: Fox Searchlight Acquires Terrence Malick's TREE OF LIFE

The co-presidents of Fox Searchlight Pictures, Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley, have announced the company's acquisition of Terrence Malick's highly anticipated new film, TREE OF LIFE.  Details after the jump!

Written and directed by Oscar® nominee Terrence Malick (THE THIN RED LINE, THE NEW WORLD), TREE OF LIFE stars Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and Jessica Chastain.

"Terrence Malick has crafted a deeply moving, keenly observed and magisterial film," said Utley and Gilula.  "Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and the entire cast's performances are simply amazing.  This is a signature film by a signature filmmaker and we are proud to be releasing it."

From the press release:

"THE TREE OF LIFE is the impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950's chronicling the journey of the eldest son, Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn), through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years - trying to reconcile the complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt).  Jack finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith."

TREE OF LIFE will be released in 2011.

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