It’s not every actor that can steal a scene right out from under Philip Seymour Hoffman’s nose, but in The Master, Joaquin Phoenix did just that. No wonder, then, that director Paul Thomas Anderson is eager to reunite with him on his next movie. Phoenix is now in talks to join Anderson’s Thomas Pynchon adaptation Inherent Vice, replacing long-attached star Robert Downey Jr. Read more about the casting updates after the jump.

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Thomas Pynchon fans have reason to celebrate this year. The reclusive author (is Pynchon’s name ever mentioned without the word “reclusive”?) has announced the imminent publication of a new novel, for one. And his previous novel, Inherent Vice, is the subject of an adaptation effort by none less than Paul Thomas Anderson.

Pynchon’s novels have never yet been the basis for a major film, though his influence has been felt in small ways in more than a few movies in the past. Inherent Vice will be the first major film based on a Pynchon novel, and it benefits from quite a creative team. Anderson is writing, possibly with the help of Pynchon himself, and Robert Downey Jr. has long been in place as the likely choice to play the central character, burnout detective “Doc” Sportello.

And now Charlize Theron is reported as a likely addition as well. Read More »

After whipping out three features in four years in the late ’90s, Paul Thomas Anderson mellowed his pace during the ’00s. It took three years to get from Magnolia to Punch-Drunk Love, five to get from the latter to There Will Be Blood, and then another five after that to complete The Master. But he’s wasting no time moving on his next project, the Thomas Pynchon adaptation Inherent Vice.

Anderson first signed on to adapt the noir tale in 2010, but then wound up shooting The Master first. Now that that’s behind him, though, Anderson is planning to move into production on Inherent Vice next year. More after the jump.

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With the best filmmakers, the instant their latest movie arrives at your local theater, it’s easy to begin looking forward to the next one. Paul Thomas Anderson‘s The Master is now playing and though it was five years between that and his last film, he’s had his follow-up in mind for sometime. It’s an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon‘s Inherent Vice, “which follows a burnt-out detective who gets roped into a caper revolving around a real estate mogul.”

Anderson was in New York this week, appearing on The Daily Show, CBS This Morning as well as Sirius XM and there he spoke at length about the film. He discussed some of the problems he’s finding in adaptation, confirmed he’s writing with some actors in his mind (Robert Downey Jr. has publically expressed interest) and more. Read his quotes after the jump. Read More »

It wasn’t quite two years ago that we heard that Paul Thomas Anderson might follow up The Master with one of the first major film adaptations of a Thomas Pynchon novel. The book in question is Pynchon’s most recent, Inherent Vice, which follows a burnt-out detective who gets roped into a caper revolving around a real estate mogul. (Think of it like the TV series Terriers as a period piece, with a bit more Big Lebowski thrown in, as well as Pynchon’s trademark verbal tics.)

Robert Downey, Jr. has been attached to play the lead role, but we haven’t heard much about Inherent Vice in a while. But while talking about The Master at Venice, PTA said that the Pynchon adaptation is still brewing and could be next. Read More »

When the news broke that Robert Downey Jr. could be teaming up with Paul Thomas Anderson to make Thomas Pynchon‘s Inherent Vice, fans geeked out at the possibility of such an unpredictable pair teaming up for such a cool story. That was back in 2010. In February, things started to heat up but then news on the project went cold. Downey went and shot Sherlock Holmes 2, The Avengers and is now getting ready for Iron Man 3 while Anderson finally got the money to go ahead and make The Master, which will hopefully come out in 2012.

We finally have an update. Kind of. Downey recently sat down with MTV for an interview and said that the rumors of the team up are “probably true.” But when could he do it? We’ll show you the video and discuss after the jump. Read More »

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 »


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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