Dunno how closely any of you have been following the - admittedly unconfirmed - comments on the film's IMDB page, but there has been a fairly steady stream of info from folks who purport to be extras or who have witnessed the shoot.
Most interesting to me is the list of supposed locations and what it suggests about the content and scope of the story. First rumors led us to believe the film was Malick's long-gestating Q
, which was supposedly an outrageously ambitious film touching on mythology, fantasy, science-fiction, etc. Then reports from the shoot seemed to suggest otherwise - that the film was now just a period family drama (perhaps even autobiographical). I found the notion of a scaled-back story very disappointing, myself.
So we knew of the relatively "domestic" Texas "family" settings, but now it seems that shooting is planned for Death Valley, Utah and - most enticingly - Iceland.
Also, there was filming taking place at two locations in Houston which suggest a more flexible and extended timespan of the film's story - possibly up to the modern era or even the future, which may mean a return to the epic ideas of the original story. The two locations are the Pennzoil Building
, designed by Philip Johnson and completed in 1976, and The Escobar
. What fascinates me about these locations is the fact that they are decidely modern and urban, a milieu Malick has not yet explored. The Escobar location practically looks like something out of Wong's 2046
"Mr. Malick was attracted
by an actual tree in the lobby
Edit kinjitsu: Location images removed at Mr. Malick's request.