Let’s all take a moment in silence and enjoy the fact that in a couple of weeks, Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film The Master is finally making its way to theaters. Fans of the director’s work will make sure to tell you about the agonizing wait for a new film of his to show up on the silver screen. There was a five-year gap in between Punch Drunk Love and There Will Be Blood. Another five years has now gone by since There Will Be Blood and now The Master starring Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams is finally making it’s way to limited theaters before it’s inevitable expansion. It’s certainly been a long five years, but don’t expect to wait half of a decade for the next Paul Thomas Anderson film.
As you may recall back in 2010, it was announced that the director was planning on adapting the 2009 Thomas Pynchon novel Inherent Vice with Robert Downey Jr. reportedly attached to star in the film. Since that initial report, the web hasn’t heard about much of the Inherent Vice adaptation since until now. While promoting The Master at the Venice Film Festival, Paul Thomas Anderson revealed that Inherent Vice is still very much a possibility and is currently in the process of writing the screenplay.
The story, set in a 1969 Los Angeles, centers on a stoner private eye detective who tries to uncover a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer. Although there are no specific details about the project at this point, Paul Thomas Anderson has spoken to a couple of websites revealing very little about the project. According to Screen Daily, he says, “I’m hoping we can get Inherent Vice going soon. That’s what I’m writing now. It’s taking my mind off this, actually. It’s a lot of fun. It’s such a different piece, though. It’s nice to have a collaborator, as it were, through working on the book.” The director goes onto say that he describes his vision of the film as “like a Cheech and Chong movie. [Adapting Pychon’s work is] just gonna be great and, hopefully, fun.”
I’m thrilled that it may not be a long wait to see a new Paul Thomas Anderson film. What are your thoughts? Have you read the novel? If so, do you think he is the perfect choice to adapt it into a feature film?