U.K. distribution company Optimum has a pretty excellent 2012 in store, with ScreenDaily giving us information on the company’s plans for the future. Some of the movies they have planned for next year, like Carnage and W.E., have already had release dates scheduled for America, but there are a few — with one in particular — that we’re just hearing release information about, and it’s exciting news.

The big one is the next film from Terrence Malick, which Optimum has picked up. Starring Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Javier Bardem, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel Weisz, and Jessica Chastain, it’s been referred to as The Burial, and has only been described as a “romantic drama.” We had heard back in late May that it could be coming a lot sooner than we thought, with rumors of him getting ready to film yet another movie sparking those rumors. There might have been some truth to that, with the company apparently being “on board” for it in terms of U.K. distribution. Now, nothing is confirmed when it comes to an actual release, but the fact that it’s been acquired this soon should be taken as a good sign. I’ll remind everyone that this guy literally edits his movies for years, and there were reports of some additional shooting a few months ago, so don’t necessarily expect it next year. As much as I want that to happen.

After that is Derek Cianfrance‘s The Place Beyond the Pines, which is slated for a release by the company in 2012. With shooting scheduled to begin in just a couple of days, I kind of expected this to be the case — especially because this is likely to also get bought by a U.S. distributor in the near future — so it isn’t a huge shock. But it’s one we’re excited about, so it’s at least nice to read.

Then there’s Casa De Mi Padre, the Spanish-language comedy directed by Matt Piedmont starring Will Ferrell, Diego Luna, and Gael Garcia Bernal. The trailer for this movie makes it look like one of the funniest movies coming out in the near future, so the news that it’s coming out next year in the U.K. is a good sign. There’s been some word about it hitting American theaters this year, but this is the biggest news we’ve heard relating to it yet on almost any front.

Finally, the cop drama Rampart, starring Woody Harrelson, Steve Buscemi, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Foster, and Ice Cube. Written and directed by The Messenger‘s Oren Moverman — and with a story by L.A. Confidential author James Ellroy — the movie focuses on the Rampart scandal of the 1990’s involving the L.A.P.D. That will be hitting the U.K. in, yes, 2012. We haven’t heard too much about this one, but it sounds intriguing, given the cast and creative team working here. Some quick searching indicates that the movie will open in the U.S. this year, but this is the first real confirmation we’ve had of any release thus far.

Are you excited for any of the movies listed here? When do you think they’ll be opening in the United States?

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