It’s official. We’re not going to be waiting five years to see a new Paul Thomas Anderson film. Initially reported by Cigarettes & Red Vines, the Oscar-nominated writer and director will begin principal photography this month on Inherent Vice, his follow-up to The Master. Warner Bros. will be financing the project.
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. attached to star in the film. Due to scheduling conflicts, Robert Downey Jr. had to back out the project and was later replaced by Joaquin Phoenix for the lead role of Larry “Doc” Sportello. Although she isn’t confirmed just yet, Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron is attached to portray Sportello’s former lover by the name of Shasta Fay Hepworth. Since the film will be starting production this month, more casting announcements will be on the way shortly.
The story, set in a 1969 Los Angeles, centers on Larry “Doc” Sportello, a stoner private eye detective who is enlisted to help his former lover foil a plot to kidnap her billionaire boyfriend.
Oscar-winning cinematographer Robert Elswit, who has lensed most of Paul Thomas Anderson’s work, is set to re-team with Anderson for the project. It’s been reported that the film will be shot on 35mm film stock rather than digital. This project has so much potential. With Joaquin Phoenix and Charlize Theron attached, casting is already off to a fantastic start. Check back for more updates as they come our way. In the mean time, just be happy with the fact that we can expect to see a new Paul Thomas Anderson film late next year.