After watching Terrence Malick‘s twirling train wreck of a picture, To the Wonder, I was left wondering what distributor would pick it up. The movie lacked the awards power of Malick’s previous efforts, and his movies aren’t easy sells to begin with. Today, Deadline reports that Magnolia is up for the challenge, and will distribute the film for a multi-platform release in 2013. Most, if not all, Magnolia films hit VOD before getting a theatrical release, but Deadline says To the Wonder will be released first in theaters. The movie will probably draw in the Malick die-hards since all of the imagery and tone is unmistakably the auteur’s work. The trailer probably won’t convey how the movie is an utter chore, and even though it’s Malick’s second-shortest movie, it feels like his longest.
For those unfamiliar with the plot, it revolves around a European woman (Olga Kurylenko) and her tumultuous relationship with an Oklahoman man (Ben Affleck). Occasionally, a priest (Javier Bardem) has scenes where he talks about how unhappy he is. Godspeed, Magnolia.