Over three years have passed since the release of Paul Thomas Anderson‘s last film, There Will Be Blood, and we’re at the point now where any shred of news on his future projects is of interest to someone. We know that he is prepping two films, an adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel Inherent Vice and a film about a religious/cult leader that has been dubbed The Master. Slight casting movement on The Master (perhaps better called the Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Religious Film) suggests that is the movie that he’ll shoot next.
And now a report pushes forward the idea that the director is getting closer to shooting something, and that he might use the same Super Panavision 70 cameras that were used to shoot 2001 and parts of Inception. Read More »
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The Hollywood Reporter is confirming an earlier report that Robert Downey Jr. is in talks for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s big screen adaptation of Inherent Vice. After dropping out of Disney’s Oz, the Great and Powerful, Vulture reported last week that Downey was “interested in the lead role.” And now Risky Business confirms that the actor’s “commitment to Anderson’s movie has recently grown serious” and that he is “making plans to fill the fall hole in his schedule.”
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This article could have an alternate title: Megan Ellison, movie savior. Allow me to explain. Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle, has two children with movie business aspirations. David Ellison appeared in Flyboys, was trying to get that Taylor Lautner movie Northern Lights made, and he put up some of the money for Paramount films like True Grit and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. His 25-year old sister Megan is following in his footsteps, and is also listed as an exec producer on True Grit. She’s one of the people who put up money for John Hillcoat’s The Wettest County in the World, thereby bringing that film back from limbo. And now it looks as if she is ready to co-finance not one Paul Thomas Anderson project, but two: the film referred to as The Master and the Thomas Pynchon adaptation Inherent Vice. Read More »
Not long after reclusive author Thomas Pynchon published his latest novel, Inherent Vice, it was noted that the book rights were being handled by agency CAA. That seemed like a preemptive move to develop the story for film, and now we’re seeing the very unlikely, but potentially wonderful results. Paul Thomas Anderson seeks to adapt the novel into script form. That sentence alone will quite possibly send fans of the author and director into minor fits. And there’s word that Robert Downey Jr. may be sought for the lead. Read More »
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Thomas Pynchon is among our most reclusive major creative figures. He hasn’t been publicly photographed since his teens and never makes public appearances. His infrequently published novels are often sprawling works that define the term ‘unfilmable’. And yet there’s always someone willing to try.
I haven’t yet bought, Pynchon’s new Inherent Vice (I’ve been re-reading the unrelated Vineland in preparation) so I’ve been avoiding most of the reviews and commentary. But The Playlist noticed an interesting line in the Wall Street Journal‘s piece about the novel: “The Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles is handling film rights.” Could we see a novel based on this drug-addled detective story that is already drawing comparisons to The Big Lebowski? Read More »