Percept finds 'Life' with Malick feature

'Life' forms

Nyay Bhushan
NEW DELHI -- Mumbai-based Percept Picture Co. said Tuesday that it will co-produce "Tree of Life," which will be produced by Donald Rosenfeld. Terrence Malick ("The Thin Red Line") is in talks to direct and write the screenplay, and Colin Farrell is in talks to play one of the leads.

Other cast members are being finalized. Emmanual Lubezki is the proposed director of photography.

The film's story outline has not yet been disclosed, but preproduction is slated to begin in January. Some parts of "Life" will be shot in India, for which Percept will handle ground production.

Without providing a budget, Percept said that "Life" will involve Mumbai-based Sahara One Motion Pictures as partners in the project, which will be executive produced by Percept.

"We are thrilled to be in business with Sahara One Motion Pictures and Percept Picture Co., and we look forward to many more great collaborations in the future, both in India and the U.S.A.," Rosenfeld said.

Rosenfeld worked at Merchant Ivory Prods. from 1987-98, during which time he produced "Mr. & Mrs. Bridge," "Ballad of the Sad Cafe," "Howards End," "Remains of the Day," "In Custody," "Jefferson in Paris," "Feast of July" and "Surviving Picasso," among others.

Malick is in postproduction on "The New World" for New Line Cinema, an update on the Pocahontas-John Smith story, which stars Farrell.

Percept and Sahara One also are involved in a co-production with Michael Douglas' Further Films for "Racing the Monsoon," which was announced in January. Set in India, "Monsoon" is on the lines of "Romancing the Stone" and "Jewel of the Nile" and is expected to start shooting in early 2006.

Malick and Farrell are repped by CAA.

Tatiana Siegel in Los Angeles contributed to this report.