Legendary composer Ennio Morricone is currently hard at work finishing up the score for one of our most-anticipated films of the year — Quentin Tarantino‘s The Hateful Eight — and now it looks like he’ll be doing the same thing in 2016. After being rumored to score Terrence Malick‘s long-gestating Voyage of Time earlier this summer, we were awaiting official confirmation that he came aboard as composer — and now it has arrived.
Thanks to the production company Wild Bunch (via The Playlist), there’s an official listing for Morricone, who is reteaming with Malick after their stellar work together on Days of Heaven. The project — which is technically two films, one a more educational 40-minute IMAX version narrated by Brad Pitt and the other a feature-length cut narrated by Cate Blanchett — is described as “a celebration of the earth – from the birth of the universe to its final collapse.”
We recently got word that it was aiming to debut sometime next year and now that has been firmed up by a recent listing at the trade show GSCA 2015, noting a fall 2016 release is planned — at least for the IMAX version. Then again, Malick has been known to delay things, so we’ll have to wait and see. One thing is for certain: Knight of Cups will be hitting U.S. theaters in March, so as we await updates, check out a longer Voyage of Time synopsis and Morricone’s Days of Heaven soundtrack below (or pick it up here).
Written and directed by Academy Award-nominated director Terrence Malick (Badlands, The Thin Red Line). Voyage of Time is a celebration of the earth, displaying the whole of time, from the birth of the universe to its final collapse.
This film examines all that went to prepare the miracle that stands before us now. In words and with music, we are encouraged to view it with gratitude and awe. Science and spirit, birth and death, the grand cosmos and the minute life systems of our planet—all come together in Malick’s most original film to date.