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Is Malick planning to make GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT?

Published at: Nov. 13, 2008, 1:53 a.m. CST

Hey folks, Harry here... I don't know about you, but I'm right there with Protozoid (writer below) with a sense of giddy prayer that it is happening. The idea of Malick bringing one of the most legendary (and mysterious) poems of the English language to life... well, that it is a poem and that Malick is nothing if not a cinematic poet... Consider AICN officially on the case now. And we're praying it comes to be.

Hey, fellas Now, King Arthur was the very first story I ever heard. It shaped my psyche in a way Star Wars and Tolkien can never approach. Considering that Terrence Malick has arguably the highest batting average in the history of cinema, this rumor makes me very, very happy. Jack Fisk says in a new radio interview (Click Here To Experience) that he was scouting a completely different film with Terrence Malick circa 2002 -- before THE NEW WORLD. This project, he says, will "probaby" be their next collaboration. With a little bit of research, The Independent, March 23, 2002, in an article about Jim Caviezel, says: "Caviezel's old friend Malick (also a Catholic) is apparently planning to make a film of the Middle English poem, Gawain and the Green Knight. Gawain is a proud and virtuous knight tempted three times by a beautiful lady, the Green Knight an emissary from God who ultimately exposes the chinks in his armour. Caviezel may well have talked himself out of a job by the time Malick gets round to casting, but he'd make a perfect Gawain. He's so determined to be a saint, but what he always sounds is human." Hopefully it'll be in cinemas before 2015. Isn't Malick doing his post for THE TREE OF LIFE in Austin? Somebody needs to capture one of Malick's ninjas and squeeze him for details. If you use this call me Protozoid

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  • Nov. 13, 2008, 1:57 a.m. CST

    Sounds great

    by Stranamore

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 2:01 a.m. CST

    Anything by Malick is worth looking forward to.

    by LoneGun

    THE THIN RED LINE is my favorite war film of all time.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 2:08 a.m. CST

    Oh wow!

    by seppukudkurosawa

    The best thing that's ever come out of Wales, save perhaps for the Super Furry Animals, is getting made into a movie! (Hopefully). <p> </p>I even put it down in the Dream Movies thread in The Zone (it's right at the top of the page next to chat, you can't miss it) as the movie I'd most like to see made.<p> </p>Let's just hope it matches up to the brilliance of the '80s Sean Connery adaptation. I know, even with Malick on board it'll be hard...but with the perfect collection circumstances, it might manage to match it. ;^)<p> </p>This is one of the purest of the medieval poems, and Malick is one of the purest directors in the biz right now, so I can't see how this would fail. Let's just hope I don't croak before he finally knuckles down to it.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 2:09 a.m. CST

    *collection OF circumstances.

    by seppukudkurosawa

    First typo I've ever mad in mi lang internet career. That's how excited I yams.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 2:13 a.m. CST

    I am the only person who finds Malick...

    by The Grug

    Terribly overrated. I'm sorry but "The New World" was some of the dullest, most self-indulgent dross I've ever had the displeasure of watching.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 2:19 a.m. CST

    I wish more directors would indulge themselves

    by seppukudkurosawa

    Then cinema would have a lot more character than it does now (though I think we're in quite a creative purple patch at the moment). I generally try to watch a movie on its own terms, but I guess that's just me.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 2:24 a.m. CST

    I sound human, too....

    by JumpinJehosaphat

    Just like poor Gawain.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 2:36 a.m. CST

    Who cares when AVATAR is fucking our eyeballs in 2009?

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    nobody

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 2:37 a.m. CST

    seppukudkurosawa

    by mr.brownstone

    Agreed!

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 2:43 a.m. CST

    Malick is underrated

    by follyway

    While it is true he gets near universal critical acclaim it seems to only pop up when he has a new film coming out. He is easily one of the top 5 american filmakers of the last 30 yrs but he rarely gets the play of a Kubrick or Scorsese.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 2:44 a.m. CST

    That is crazy luck...

    by PirateEmery

    I just finished watching Count of Monte Cristo of all movies...

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 2:47 a.m. CST

    Grug

    by follyway

    I would ask how you watched New World. I would say that Malick films in general, but that film in particular you really need to see in a cinema. Sitting in the dark with those images and sounds envelpoing you, it truly becomes a sort of meditative experience. Seeing "The New World" was one of the best movie going experienes of my life, but the film simply does not work on a TV(at least for me).

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 3:01 a.m. CST

    Gawain is ace

    by board shitlez

    It has a cool theme that the test in life doesn't come when you expect it. Didn't much care for the Simon Armitage translation tho. Also ( I think) the first literary mention of Wirral.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 3:12 a.m. CST

    OK, so, repost this in 2015. Bye.

    by ricarleite

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 3:19 a.m. CST

    "emmisary of God" sounds like boring shot

    by chien_sale

    I don't remember that from the story.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 3:34 a.m. CST

    Apparently the same [anonymous] author of Gawain

    by seppukudkurosawa

    also wrote a Christian fable called Pearl. Both of the books were written in an insanely intricate numerical style. Gawain even had an odd number of lines (a few hundred and 99) to indicate that the character at the end of the story wasn't quite "complete." There are a whole bunch of other little symmetries and "codes" like that. (And poets think they've got it hard having to rhyme) ANYWAY, point is, there are quite a few early semi-Pagan Christian influences sprinkled about in Gawain, so it wouldn't be too far off thinking of the Green Knight as some kind of heavenly messenger. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if it's the early Christian elements which attracted Malick to begin with.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 3:49 a.m. CST

    Gawd,

    by seppukudkurosawa

    I even bored MYSELF writing that.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 3:57 a.m. CST

    that would be poetic perfection

    by pipergates

    he should do a version of king Arthur too. and i would have loved to see Lotr directed by him. bet he wouldn't have made any surfing elfs of tossed dwarfs.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 4:01 a.m. CST

    All I can say is...

    by Droid

    the guy who finally convinced Mallick to come back to filmmaking requires a HUGE thankyou from audiences.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 4:05 a.m. CST

    seppukudkurosawa..wales?

    by The Dark Shite

    Who said it comes from Wales? The poem was written by an anonymous guy from the midlands. & I know many Welsh historians back in the victorian era linked Gawain to Gwalchmei ap Gwyar, but there's no proof of that. The only reason dictionaries tranalte it as Gawain is because it was popular at the time to do thaat, in the same way that Britannia was linked to Boudica & therefore Victoria & the way that the notion of a celtic brotherhood & foggy, green hilled image was invented by the likes of Arthur Conan Doyle. The truth is, none of that stuff ever actually existed before then (the spanish were celts for example. Back in Roman times, if you weren't a Roman or a Barbarian, or a Visigoth etc, you were probably a Celt. The image of Spain is pretty fucking different to the image we see, the one that was invented, along with the Welsh claiming a British folktale as their own. In fact, there's no real proof that King Arthur or any of that stuff ever existed, nevermind lived in Wales. You go to Northumbria, they'll say he lived there. Malick is great, the story is great, but don't start trynna claim it, 'cause it's as Welsh haggis.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 4:09 a.m. CST

    I put better punctuation..

    by The Dark Shite

    in that. AND spaces. It just didn't show up. That's what I get for trying to make an even slightly intelligent & well read point on a site where I usually just talk bollocks.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 4:17 a.m. CST

    Hey, just to show I've got no hard feelings

    by seppukudkurosawa

    for your anti-Cymraeg propaganda, here's how you make paragraph breaks: < p > (just with no spaces).

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 4:20 a.m. CST

    And seeing as how this is AICN

    by seppukudkurosawa

    No, I didn't just misspell "cumrag."

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 4:29 a.m. CST

    cumrags are useful

    by The Dark Shite

    Anti-cymraeg proaganda? Yeah. I know who Gwalchmei ap Gwyar is. How many people from Britain (outside of Wales) know that? <p> I just happen to know about that stuff (I've been studying it since I was a kid) & it really isn't Welsh. I mean, it may be, but it may not be. Like I said, historians from Northumbria claim it, as do historians from Cornwall. <p> There's nothing anti welsh about it. I think I was fiar by saying that Victorian historians & authors, created images (brittania equalling Boudica, Gawain for Wales etc. I could have mentioned that the first time the Scots went to Ireland, there was a massacre. By the time of Victoria, that was forgotten in the name of image building.) I was fair. Just saying that you can't really say it's the best thing to come out of wales, because it possibly didn't. Besides, if I'm Anti-Wales then I wouldn't have a Welsh girlfriend (the real best thing to come out of Wales)..and I would need a cumrag.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 4:30 a.m. CST

    & thanks for the paragraph..

    by The Dark Shite

    tip. Now if I could only improve my typing!

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 4:46 a.m. CST

    Heh heh, I was just messing with ya, TDS!

    by seppukudkurosawa

    I didn't for one second think you were anti-Welsh. And I'm going to be one of the first people in the history of the Internets to step back and admit that they just got schooled. I knew that the book's origins were muddy, but I thought that Gawain was a sort of Welsh icon, and much of it was written in Welsh. And isn't Gawain Middle-English for Gavin (a pretty Welsh name)? But I guess that's hardly proof of anything.<p> The Super Furry Animals are DEFINITELY Welsh though, right?

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 5 a.m. CST

    Very exciting news

    by Octaveaeon

    and thanks to the literary historians above for saving me a trip to Wikipedia.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 5 a.m. CST

    Yep.

    by The Dark Shite

    Oh ok. I was accused of propaganda once before that's all. By a German. Pot?..kettle?..<p> Gwalchmei ap Gwyar is Welsh. Or was. But are they the same guy? Fuck knows. But yeah, The Super Furry Animals are very Welsh. Incredibly Welsh! Who knows,maybe in a thousand years time people will be on some kind of intergalactic communication device, arguing over the origins of the holy Super Furry ones. <p> In the name of the spirit of reconciliation, I'll refrain from adding "but in all fairness, they're a bit shite." ;-).

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 5:27 a.m. CST

    Gods representative? No.

    by V'Shael

    The Green Knight is under the control of the evil Morgan le Fay <p> He's not a Pope or something.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 5:37 a.m. CST

    Malick

    by kwisatzhaderach

    could shoot an empty street for two hours and it would be amazing

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 5:53 a.m. CST

    I hope they get TERRY ENGLISH to make the armour

    by Andrew David

    He made the armour for EXCALIBUR, KING ARTHUR and also the Colonial Marine armour in ALIENS. No body does it better.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 6:30 a.m. CST

    Will it be J..R.R.. Tolkien's version?

    by grampageezer

    I enjoyed Sean Connery's role of the Green Knight back in the 80's movie of the same name. The flick wasn't that good, but Connery, as usual, made it watchable. I wonder if the new movie will be the J.R.R. Tolkien version that he translated from ancient celt, or a remake of the Connery film?

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 6:53 a.m. CST

    I'm sick and tired......

    by Evangelion217

    Of these fucking ADD children saying that "The New World" is dull, and boring. It is one of the most gorgeous, engrossing, thought provocking, multi-layered, and thrilling experiences I have ever had as a film-goer. And Terrence Malick is completely underrated, not overrated. "The New World" is very HIGH art. And it deserved best picture from the academy.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 7:43 a.m. CST

    James McAvoy for Gaiwan!

    by thepentaveret

    No, this is not James McAvoy ... Agree with Harry. This story with Malick at the helm, it's sure to be another beautiful film.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 8:07 a.m. CST

    My Terrence Malick impersonation:

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    [random shots of wildlife. Pretentious narration. More shots of wildlife. Pretentious narration by ANOTHER character. Soundtrack mixing fragments of an original score with classical cues. End film with a shot of a tree or tuft of grass that runs for 90 seconds.]

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 8:07 a.m. CST

    4 hours of trees and leaves

    by c4andmore

    just kidding, this is good news. Thin Red Line is a beautiful and thoughtful film, same for New World. They deserve to be seen on a big screen though, teeny tiny TV just wouldnt do them justice.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Spare me from another Terence Malick movie...

    by Pdorwick

    ...the emperor has no clothes. He's not a genius he's just tedious and the king of self indulgence.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Thin Red Line is 3 hours of my life I'll never get back...

    by Pdorwick

    God, what a pretentious ass.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Hated THIN RED LINE

    by Mosquito March

    But I love Malick's other films. Ideally, I'd like to see him take on a film on the American Revolution. Somebody has to wipe away the taste of THE PATRIOT.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 8:46 a.m. CST

    agreed, thepentaveret

    by Strabo

    Dump Caviezel and get either McAvoy or Cillian Murphy (conflict in nationality aside). Caviezel doesn't really compare to either of them now. He has been surpassed.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 8:56 a.m. CST

    My Nasty In The Pasty impersonation:

    by Droid

    [post inane comment on AICN. masturbate. wipe spunk off keyboard. re-watch rush hour 3.]

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 9 a.m. CST

    My old professor put it best

    by Freakemovie

    He gave us a list of World War II movies we should see. At the bottom of it in parentheses he said something like: "The Thin Red Line is OK too, but it's a little too precious for my taste."<br><br> I look forward to many more hours of boring-as-hell poetic voice overs.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Just finished reading this

    by Exasperilious

    I had to read this in my English Lit. class. It's a good read once you get past the old speak. Wouldn't they need to add some scenes in order to make it a bit more interesting for the big screen? The whole middle part is repetitive and kinda boring.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 9:13 a.m. CST

    God I want to see this. I've got noting else...just...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...this humble prayer.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 10 a.m. CST

    God let this be true!

    by HoboCode

    Malick is the MAN. TTRL is brilliant and so is The New World. Check out the director's cut. It fucking OWNS.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Would LOVE this....

    by exie

    This would be an amazing project, although Malick is box office poison. I remember seeing The Thin Red Line 3 times in the theater and 2 out of 3 times I was alone in the theater and the other time there was one other person. Malick's a genius, but he's way too intelligent for today's audience.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 10:33 a.m. CST

    I am right there with you The Grug.

    by deathstar73

    I am right there with you.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 11:03 a.m. CST

    I'm all for the IDEA...

    by Veraxus

    But Malick is quite possibly one of the worst directors on the planet. He has zero self control when it comes to editing and his movies wind up being long, dull-as-fuck exercises in directorial masturbation. I'll never forget the scene in Thin Red Line where a guy cries on a log for like 10 minutes straight. He's a fucking hack. Let Uwe Boll direct the movie instead.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Anyone who thinks Malick is a hack...

    by HoboCode

    doesn't even deserve to post here, because they're either:<p> a. dumb as rocks. <br> b. 12 years old. <br> c. both

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 12:02 p.m. CST

    I don't think he's hack...

    by deathstar73

    I just don't enjoy his work. That's just, like, my opinion man.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Another remake?

    by yomomma

    NOOOOOO! Of course, the Sean Connery version was one of the worst movies to ever poison my eyeballs, and it is ancient, so I suppose this qualifies as a good remake option. Hopefully, this will be a decent Arthur movie, the first since Excallibur.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Ah yes, Connery in sparkly Green...

    by vic twenty

    with a healthy side dish of Green Cheese. Who was Gawain in that? Miles O'Keefe (Tarzan)? Just Awful. Sword of the Valiant or some such.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 12:56 p.m. CST

    And yomomma

    by vic twenty

    Unless you are a ten year old, a film from 1984 is NOT ANCIENT. Just sayin.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Damn kids.

    by vic twenty

    Get off my lawn!!!

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Anyone else feel like time is flying?

    by Cletus Van Damme

    We're essentially just as close to 2002 as we are 2015...that's crazy.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Malick not a hack

    by StrokerX

    he's the effing man. His movies arent popcorn movies. They're definitely not for everyone. New World rocked my socks.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Wasn't this already made? Miles O'Keefe

    by fishface

    I seem to remember some piece of trash that had Miles O'Keefe as Gawain and Sean Connery as the green knight? Or perhaps it was a crack-vision...

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Previous Post, just in case it wasn't said enough already...

    by fishface

    f.n read, homo.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 2:30 p.m. CST

    thoughtful, non-cheesy take on Arthurian legends?

    by oisin5199

    Sign me up! I'm so sick of Arthurian schlock. Getting back to the oral tradition roots of the whole thing with a director like Malick is a dream come true!

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Dear God, please let this rumor be true

    by jupstin

    amen

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Jim Caviezel is a very good actor.

    by Mike_D

    I dunno why he hasnt been getting a lot of work.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 3:52 p.m. CST

    As long as it ends with a Rabbit biting off his head...

    by George Newman

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Anyone who thinks Malick is a genius...

    by Pdorwick

    Should really watch what he says because he's either:<br><br>1. Not as smart as he thinks he is<br>2. Can be fooled as easily as a 12yr.old<br>3.Doesn't truly understand film making.<br>4.All of the above.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 5:14 p.m. CST

    And the award for the biggest fuckwits on this TB goes to...

    by Droid

    scrivener & Pdorwick. Let me guess, your real names are Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer?

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 6:18 p.m. CST

    I'd like to see it

    by CharlesFosterKane

    Malick's movies are all great. My favorite is probably "Days of Heaven", but "The Thin Red Line" is right up there too. I'd love to see him tackle that subject matter.

  • Nov. 13, 2008, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Malick SUCKS

    by Logan_1973

    Thin Red Line: garbage. The New World: garbage 2. Someone stop greenlighting this guy's ideas.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 1:40 a.m. CST

    I love Malick...

    by Ravetin

    ..but hate hate HATE every inch of his last two movies. He needs to go back to teaching or whatever the fuck he was doing before getting back to directing.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 4:02 a.m. CST

    After Kubrick died, Malick was left as the only true living geni

    by StraightToHell

    Michael Mann is heading into this division as well. But Malick is right up there with Kubrick, Kurosawa, Bergman and Welles.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 4:09 a.m. CST

    (FUCKER) that should say

    by StraightToHell

    After Kubrick died, Malick was left as the only true living genius. And I agree. Malick's films are not for everyone. I hate to put down anybody's taste, but you do appreciate them more the older you get. Not that you have to be OLD to like them, but a certain amount of patience is needed to watch them. Same as the films of Tarkovsky. They are amazing if you just relax and let them work you over. But must be grueling for anybody who expects a Tarantino-like explanation for every single scene. Plus, Malick has the best eye for gorgeous images. His stuff rivals anything Kurosawa did in his prime.

  • Nov. 14, 2008, 12:09 p.m. CST

    I would have never put Malick's name to this project...

    by rbatty024

    but now that I think about it, it sounds perfect. I just re-read Sir Gawain and the Green Knight a few weeks ago, so it's fresh in my memory. The poem has a great sense of humor about it (which is sometimes missing in Malick's films) so I wonder how he will handle it.

  • Nov. 15, 2008, 8:15 a.m. CST

    anyone ever see the crappy 80's version?

    by The Amazing G