Why has Fox Searchlight decided to release Terrence Malick‘s The Tree of Life, which they’ve just acquired from Bill Pohlad, in 2011 instead of later this year? Theoretical Answer #1: They don’t want to complicate or compromise their already-underway campaigns for Black Swan, 127 Hours, Never Let Me Go and Conviction. Theoretical Answer #2: Even if they’ve decided that Black Swan and 127 Hours are their only serious contenders, they’re figuring they can’t ramp up a new Tree campaign fast enough. I think they’re wrong but what do I know? I guess the Malick will finally peep through in Cannes 2011 after all.