Tree of Life by Terence Malick and Mel Gibson
This sounds like the film I have been thinking needs to be made since first reading Daniel Quinn's books. I stumbled across a mention of Tree of Life while looking up director Terence Malick on Wiki. For those who don't know, Malick has directed Thin Red Line, The New World, Days of Heaven, and Badlands.
Malick's next project is reported to be the Tree of Life, a $150 million project he has been working on since the late 1970s. Originally titled Q, the film will begin with the evolution of the Earth, eventually telling a story in prehistoric times. The film will be financed by Mel Gibson, starring Gibson and Colin Farrell. Richard Taylor of WETA is quoted as describing the opening of the film: "There is this creature, a Minotaur, sleeping in the water, and he dreams about the evolution of the universe, seeing the earth change from a sea of magma to the earliest vegetation, to the dinosaurs, and then to man. It would be this metaphorical story that moves you through time.'"
One of the main points from Quinn's writings that has stayed with me is just how much of an anomally modern civilization really is. The 10,000 years that it's been around is not all that long compared with how long humanity has been here. Jared Diamond provides a sense of perspective on this by using the analogy of a single 24-hour day. Since mankind has been around for about 2.4 million years, picture a clock where every hour represents 100,000 years. (24 X 100,000 years = 2.4 million years.) Since the move to industrial agriculture began only ten thousand years ago, it means that we lived as hunter-gatherers for our first 23 hours and 54 minutes. What we call modern civilization, which is based on industrial agriculture and hierarchical social systems, has only been around for the last 6 minutes.
The earth has been around much longer.
It's existence is counted in billions of years. We are not the be all and end all of life on earth.
To put it bluntly, humanity is as significant to the planet as that pimple you had one weekend back in high school is to you.
With our current way of life threatening to destroy us, I hope that the film reminds us of this reality.
I have no idea if Malick's film will incorporate any of Quinn's ideas, but hope that it does.
Anyways, I just thought I'd mention for the film buffs out there that Terence Malick and Mel Gibson have a terrific sounding project to work on.