‘Inherent Vice’ Set for December 2014 Release

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Briefly: Mark your calendars: Paul Thomas Anderson‘s adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel Inherent Vice is now set to arrive on December 12 of this year. The film will likely premiere long before that, either at Cannes, or a festival like Venice or Toronto, but regardless, by Christmas you should have a chance to see the new PTA film, which also happens to be the first major adaptation of a Pynchon novel. If that’s not the best Christmas gift, I don’t know what is.

Inherent Vice is scripted and directed by Anderson, features music from Jonny Greenwood, and stars Joaquin Phoenix, Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, and Josh Brolin, with Martin Short, Jena Malone, Kevin J. O’Connor, Katherine Waterston, Timothy Simons, Peter McRobbie, Sasha Pieterse, Joanna Newsom, Maya Rudolph and Eric Roberts.

The plot picks up in the ’70s and finds Phoenix as burnout PI Doc Sportello as he’s hired to track down a missing girl, who also happens to be his ex, and is soon drawn into a web if Southern California weirdness.

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If you’re looking for any little thing there is to know about Paul Thomas Anderson‘s next film, the adaptation of Thomas Pynchon‘s novel Inherent Vice, enjoy this: the actor Eric Roberts recently said he’s got a part in the picture. Get his word on it, below. Read More »

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Briefly: More casting news is in for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s adatpation of Thomas Pynchon‘s novel Inherent Vice. This time, we’ve even got a confirmed role to go along with the actor; most of the actors cast so far have been in roles that are speculative, at best.

Anderson has picked Katherine Waterston (daughter of Sam Waterston) to play Shasta Fay Hepworth, once the girlfriend of lead character “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) and now the mistress of real estate mogul Mickey Wolfmann. Shasta leads Sportello into a plot that involves shady deals, kidnapping, violence, and no small amount of general uncertainty. (This likely also means that Reese Witherspoon will be playing Mickey Wolfmann’s wife, of whom Shasta is quite suspicious.)

Waterston has had quite a few small and supporting roles, but this is her biggest job to date. And since Anderson has a gift for casting, this will very likely be a role that turns her into a much more in-demand talent. Question is: has PTA beefed up the role for the film? In the novel, Shasta plays a big part, but frequently takes a back seat to other characters. Inherent Vice will shoot this summer for a likely 2014 release through Warner Bros. The cast also includes Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, Jena Malone, Martin Short, Josh Brolin, and (reportedly) Sean Penn. [Deadline]

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Briefly: You’ve seen a lot of casting reports for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel Inherent Vice. The writer/director is assembling an impressive cast to live in the story of a burnout private detective who is drawn into an increasingly weird web of disappearances and underhanded business deals. Josh Brolin is the latest addition to the cast led by Joaquin Phoenix, and which also includes Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, Jena Malone, Martin Short, Reese Witherspoon and (reportedly) Sean Penn.

Brolin will play a “significant role,” but as with most of the casting so far we don’t have specifics. The film is set to shoot this summer, so once cameras roll we might learn more. By the way, it’s worth reiterating that this is the first major adaptation of a Pynchon novel — and the author’s first novel was published in 1963. As difficult as his books can be, that Pynchon’s work has taken fifty years to hit the big screen (a few films that take him as an influence aside) is pretty remarkable. [Deadline]

A Thomas Pynchon novel is really, truly headed to the big screen from a reputable director. And that director is Paul Thomas Anderson — what a wonderful world this is!

Anderson took quite a long time to finance, make and release The Master, which hit theaters five years after his previous film, There Will Be Blood. But if there’s any justice, his follow-up to The Master could hit in 2014. Reports now say that he plans to shoot Inherent Vice, based on Pynchon’s novel, this spring. We knew he wanted to shoot the film this year, but we’ll be excited every time the start date gets closer to finalization. That’s quite a shortened turnaround time for the director.  Read More »

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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