THE TREE OF LIFE won’t see a UK release
After weeks of confusion and worry, UK fans have finally received the news they’ve been dreading: Icon will not release The Tree Of Life in the UK and, therefore, the film is not likely to hit cinemas here for a long, long time.
Icon were pushing to have the film released on May 4th, weeks before the Cannes premiere and US release, but are now unable to do it because of what Zak Brilliant of Icon calls “a legal issue”.
One can only speculate that he is referring to the arbitrary hearing induced by Summit after they became aware of Icon’s attempts.
Many people believe that Icon deliberately pushed the release date forward in order to break their contract and not suffer a financial loss should The Tree Of Life bomb at the UK box office.
Simon Renshaw, who does the Picturehouse podcast, said via Twitter: “Dear Icon, This Cannes non-attendee is desperate to see Tree Of Life. Get your shit together.” Other Twitter users like Dave Pimm have described the May 4th release date as “too good to be true” and Billy Cape even exclaimed “Fuck you, Icon.”
Brilliant’s full comment about the release says: “As of last night Icon will not now be releasing Tree of Life on May 4. There is a legal issue ongoing for the film which we hoped to resolve but were unable to do so.”