February 25, 2015—IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX), together with Broad Green Pictures, have announced they are joining Sophisticated Films and Wild Bunch to complete financing of Terrence Malick’s Voyage of Time. Broad Green will have the first opportunity to distribute the feature film version in North America following the exclusive IMAX release.
Gabriel and Daniel Hammond of Broad Green Pictures are executive-producing the film along with Tanner Beard, Mary Bing, Yves Chevalier, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Jacques Perrin, Ryan Rettig, and Donald Rosenfeld. Dede Gardner, Nicolas Gonda, Sarah Green, Grant Hill, Brad Pitt, Bill Pohlad and Sophokles Tasioulis are producing.
Voyage of Time commenced international sales at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, with GAGA (JPN), MARS (FR), Lumière (BENELUX) and EDKO (HK) among the first to secure distribution rights.
Voyage of Time is a celebration of the universe, displaying the whole of time, from its start to its final collapse. This film examines all that occurred to prepare the world that stands before us now: science and spirit, birth and death, the grand cosmos and the minute life systems of our planet. Malick is working first in the IMAX format for a 40-minute version with scientific narration by Brad Pitt, followed by a 35mm feature-length version with narration by Cate Blanchett.
Voyage of Time is the first recipient of financing from IMAX’s Original Film Fund, announced in May. The Fund, capitalized at $50-plus million, will co-finance a portfolio of 10 original IMAX films that will enable IMAX’s worldwide network to provide new digital content to its institutional partners in the form of documentaries that employ cutting-edge techniques, innovative filmmakers such as Malick, and embrace fresh new perspectives in documentary storytelling.
”Terrence Malick is one of the most innovative filmmakers in the world, and has literally been designing and making this movie with large-format cameras for over 30 years,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “To be able to launch our Film Fund portfolio with Malick and his imaginative style of filmmaking is capturing lightning in a bottle. We look forward to working with Terry and his producing partners on this groundbreaking film.”
“Terrence Malick is an innovator of epic scope,” said Gabriel and Daniel Hammond of Broad Green Pictures. "We have long admired his work and could not be more excited to partner with him on this project.”
“We are thrilled to partner with IMAX and Broad Green, who, along with our partners at Sophisticated Films and Wild Bunch, provide a combined expertise to ensure Terry’s vision is carried out at the highest level,” said Nicolas Gonda and Sarah Green.
Said Sophisticated’s Sophokles Tasioulis: “I am extremely pleased to welcome IMAX and Broad Green to
Voyage of Time. In the past 12 months we have been working hard to secure the best imaginable set-up for Terry. With IMAX we give Voyage the perfect stage for the epic scale and ambition of the project and with Broad Green we bring on one of the most dynamic new powerhouses of the film industry.”
The deal was negotiated with the legal support of Stefan Luetje of Olswang Germany LLP, Alan Sacks at Frankfurt Kurnit and Christopher Tricarico, EVP of Business Affairs at Broad Green.
About Broad Green Pictures
Broad Green Pictures (BGP) is a feature film production and distribution company that is constructing a new era movie studio. BGP provides artists with a safe space to create and the resources, modern infrastructure and inspired marketing to execute their vision from script to screen. As successful brand builders and entrepreneurs, founders Daniel and Gabriel Hammond are now applying their passion to motion pictures. Through collaborative partnerships with talented filmmakers, BGP intends to share engaging stories with the widest audiences possible, even if that means pushing boundaries and taking risks.
The company’s upcoming slate includes the critically acclaimed Eden and 99 Homes, TIFF 2014 People’s Choice Award 1st runner-up Learning to Drive, Carlos Marques-Marcet’s award-winning 10.000 KM, and Blue Ruin helmer Jeremy Saulnier’s upcoming Green Room.
About IMAX Corporation
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SOPHISTICATED FILMS is a film production company specialized in international co-productions for the theatrical market. Film projects from its principal Mr.Tasioulis have been released by leading distributors around the world, amongst them Disney, Gaumont, BAC Films, GAGA, Miramax, Lionsgate, Studio Canal, Universum, Lucky Red, Wanda and many others grossing over $ 200 million at the box-office. His last documentary Earth has been released by Disney on 1,800 screens domestically and has grossed $38 million in the North American market and over $ 130 million globally.