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Paul Thomas Anderson wants to make a comedy in the vein of Cheech & Chong, Ted, and Airplane!

Nov. 7, 2012by:

Paul Thomas Anderson has always had comedic elements in his films going all the way back to HARD EIGHT. But, those moments of levity were generally there to offset the heavy dramatic nature of the material. But, I never expected Anderson to work on anything exclusively in the comedy genre.

During an interview with MovieHole, Anderson was asked about his wife, Maya Rudolph, who is best known as a former SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE castmember and star of BRIDESMAIDS. They asked Anderson if he would ever think about making a movie along those same lines. His answer was a bit surprising:

"You mean like full blown comedy? Soon hopefully. I have to write it. It sounds daunting. [laughter] I’d like to make a film like AIRPLANE. That never gets old. Or TED. It was a big hit. Why? Because It’s great. Movies that are that big a hit are never f*cking bad. I mean, there’s no such… You know, people aren’t that stupid, that movie’s a hit because it’s hilarious. I hope [Seth MacFarlane] makes another film."

Anderson's next project is an adaptation of INHERENT VICE, based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon. That is going to definitely be for fans of THE MASTER and THERE WILL BE BLOOD. But, the idea of a PT Anderson comedy is very interesting. My gut instinct was that it would be more Wes Anderson than Seth McFarlane. I have a hard time bringing the filmography of PT Anderson in line with that kind of film. Earlier in the same interview, Anderson said he would be intrigued to direct an action movie like DIE HARD but is not a fan of the work involved with the special effects. A comedy would require no real effects work and would keep with the analysis of the human condition that weaves through all of his movies.

What remains to be seen is if this comedy project ends up being an adaptation or original work. I would love to see him reunite with Adam Sandler. I loved PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE because it took Sandler out of his familiar territory as an actor. if Anderson could make a comedy with Sandler, it would instantly restore Sandler's credibility as an actor.

Source: MovieHole

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2:53PM on 11/07/2012
It kind of sounds like hes being sarcastic, but I can't honestly tell.
It kind of sounds like hes being sarcastic, but I can't honestly tell.
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6:57PM on 11/07/2012
I was going to say exactly the same thing... Aha.
I was going to say exactly the same thing... Aha.
3:29PM on 11/07/2012
I think he's referring to sleeper hits though, not movies you expect to make that much money. But I could be wrong.
I think he's referring to sleeper hits though, not movies you expect to make that much money. But I could be wrong.
3:22PM on 11/07/2012
Yeah, especially with the hits never being bad. The guy clearly never heard of Michael Bay if he's being serious...
Yeah, especially with the hits never being bad. The guy clearly never heard of Michael Bay if he's being serious...
3:06PM on 11/07/2012
"Movies that are that big a hit are never f*cking bad. I mean, theres no such You know, people arent that stupid, that movies a hit because its hilarious. "

And a million fanboy heads just exploded.
"Movies that are that big a hit are never f*cking bad. I mean, theres no such You know, people arent that stupid, that movies a hit because its hilarious. "

And a million fanboy heads just exploded.
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3:16PM on 11/07/2012
The more PTA the better in my opinion. I would love to see him do a comedy, but NOT with Sandler. Sandler's rep has suffered and I would hate for that to bring down what could potentially be a great comedy! You know PTA's comedy will have Hoffman, which is good. Hell, maybe he'll bring back Wahlberg who's shown he has some great comedic chops.
The more PTA the better in my opinion. I would love to see him do a comedy, but NOT with Sandler. Sandler's rep has suffered and I would hate for that to bring down what could potentially be a great comedy! You know PTA's comedy will have Hoffman, which is good. Hell, maybe he'll bring back Wahlberg who's shown he has some great comedic chops.
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3:21PM on 11/07/2012
I always considered Punch-Drunk Love (my second favorite PTA movie after The Master) as a comedy (a bleak one, though), especially if you take the hilarious phone conversations between Sandler and PSH. So for PTA to make a full-blown comedy (especially if it's a absurd one like AIRPLAINE) would be great news for me :)
I always considered Punch-Drunk Love (my second favorite PTA movie after The Master) as a comedy (a bleak one, though), especially if you take the hilarious phone conversations between Sandler and PSH. So for PTA to make a full-blown comedy (especially if it's a absurd one like AIRPLAINE) would be great news for me :)
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4:24PM on 11/07/2012
"I'm lookin' at your face and I just wanna smash it. I just wanna fuckin' smash it with a sledgehammer and squeeze it. You're so pretty. " I'm all for PTA doing a full blown comedy!
"I'm lookin' at your face and I just wanna smash it. I just wanna fuckin' smash it with a sledgehammer and squeeze it. You're so pretty. " I'm all for PTA doing a full blown comedy!
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5:25PM on 11/07/2012
God damn, does anyone not want to see him pull the full Kubrick?: A horror, a comedy, a sci-fi epic, a period piece, a war film...
God damn, does anyone not want to see him pull the full Kubrick?: A horror, a comedy, a sci-fi epic, a period piece, a war film...
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8:25PM on 11/07/2012
in boogie nights, just listen to john c. reilly and marky mark riff about how much they work out. it seems as if its straight out of an adam mckay film, in a good way.

anderson certainly has a perverse sense of humor, and i would argue boogie nights is a dark comedy. but doing a full on R comedy could be genius. hopefully him and reilly can reconnect
in boogie nights, just listen to john c. reilly and marky mark riff about how much they work out. it seems as if its straight out of an adam mckay film, in a good way.

anderson certainly has a perverse sense of humor, and i would argue boogie nights is a dark comedy. but doing a full on R comedy could be genius. hopefully him and reilly can reconnect
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