Paul Thomas Anderson Close To Finding Financing For The Master And Inherent Vice

By Eric Eisenberg 2011-02-10 19:07:32discussion comments
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As great as Paul Thomas Anderson movies are, the real tragedy is that there aren't more of them. Since releasing his first feature, Hard Eight, in 1996 he's only made five films. For those crunching the numbers that's only one movie every three years, an average even worse than Quentin Tarantino's 2.43 years between features. Making matters worse in this case, however, is that a PTA movie would be in post-production right now had things not stalled out with The Master, Anderson's metaphorical film about Scientology, back in September. Lucky for us, Megan Ellison, the daughter of Oracle Corporation CEO Larry Ellison, is a fan. Vulture is reporting that Ellison has offered to co-finance not only The Master, but also Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice.

Originally set up at Universal, who had trepidation about giving the director $35 million for the project, the good news is that Philip Seymour Hoffman, who has had a role in four out of five of Anderson's films, is still very much interested in playing the title role. Unfortunately the same thing can't be said for co-star Jeremy Renner. According to the report, the twice Oscar nominated actor is simply too buried in other projects and won't be available.

As for Inherent Vice, which was first announced back in December, the project has been on a serious upswing as of late, as Anderson is halfway through his second draft and has even obtained Pynchon's blessing. More good news, Robert Downey, Jr., who was suggested for the part back when the story first broke, is interested in the lead and, following his departure from Sam Raimi's Oz: The Great and Powerful, has an opening in his schedule at the end of the year.

While the article suggests that it may not be a done deal, my hopes are officially up. It's unknown which project Anderson would want to make first, but perhaps they can work it out so that they make Inherent Vice first at the end of the year, and pray that by the time they are ready to begin The Master that Jeremy Renner will be able to come back. Either way, more Paul Thomas Anderson is good Paul Thomas Anderson.
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