Terrence Malick has never been the most prolific of directors, having tended to take a hiatus of at least several years after most of his films, but perhaps that trend is changing. After gaps of twenty, seven and then six years between Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line, The New World and The Tree of Life, he has suddenly become urgent in his development and scheduling of new projects.

First up will apparently be Lawless, with no less impressive a cast than Christian Bale (The Prestige, The Dark Knight), Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth, The Lord of the Rings), Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Ryan Gosling (Drive, Blue Valentine). After that, apparently Malick will take the unprecedented step of rolling straight into his next project, Knight of Cups, which will feature Bale and Blanchett again, along with Isabel Lucas, who is due on our screens this month in Tarsem Singh’s Immortals.

There is no word on plots for either films, but given the critical praise generally heaped on his work, most will tend to enthusiastically greet news of new projects from Malick. Lest we forget, on top of both of those new projects, Malick already has another entire film in his locker, which remains untitled, but which was filmed in Oklahoma with Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Javier Bardem and Rachel Weisz. No word on when that one might see the light of day, though with Knight of Cups (that title will have to go, surely?) and Lawless both slated to shoot in 2012, you would think he would want to see the already completed project released before shifting his focus elsewhere.

More as we get it. Source-wise, this one’s down to Collider.

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