- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 19, 2006

Terrence Malick hasn’t exactly set a land-speed record for filmmaking: “The New World,” a 17th-century epic set in Jamestown, Va., is just his fourth movie in more than 30 years. These five share Mr. Malick’s glacial creative pace:

Axl Rose — The notoriously mercurial frontman has been working on the next Guns N’ Roses album (putatively titled “Chinese Democracy”) for … longer than the Beatles’ entire recording career.

David Chase — Has there ever been a show in the history of television with a slower production schedule than Mr. Chase’s “The Sopranos”?

Stanley Kubrick The gaps between this acclaimed filmmaker’s works grew ever wider with each decade. From 1980 until his death in 1999, Mr. Kubrick made just three films, the last of which — the laborious “Eyes Wide Shut” — forced then-married stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman to transfer their children into schools in England.

—Harold Brodkey — The Brian Wilson of novel-writing took a full 30 years to release his anticlimactic masterwork, “The Runaway Soul.”

Warren Beatty — A decade in the life of a pampered megastar: the 1980s. It started with 1981’s “Reds” and ended with 1987’s “Ishtar,” and that was all she wrote for Reagan-era Beatty. By the way, we’re still waiting for that run for high office.

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