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12.02.2010

Back in September, Jeremy Renner confirmed what most of us suspected: Paul Thomas Anderson's planned follow-up to THERE WILL BE BLOOD, an untitled dissection on Scientology, isn't happening. As Renner told it, during rehearsals he, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Anderson couldn't "overcome" unnamed obstacles. With that project gathering dust on a shelf somewhere, Anderson has now turned his attention elsewhere, namely Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel "Inherent Vice."

New York magazine is reporting that Anderson has written a treatment based on the novel and may already be working on the script. His agents are reportedly working to get Robert Downey, Jr. attached to star.

The story takes place through the summer of 1969 through to 1970 during when the arrest and trial of the Manson family was the big news. It follows Larry 'Doc' Sportello, a pothead private investigator who "finds himself drawn into a bizarre tangle of motives and passions whose cast of characters includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, a tenor sax player working undercover, an ex-con with a swastika tattoo and a fondness for Ethel Merman, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists."

It's been described as BIG LEBOWSKI meets FLETCH meets film noir but Anderson will certainly put his own spin on Pynchon's material.

Extra Tidbit: Hmm, wonder if Scientologists killed that project...
Source: NY Mag

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9:18AM on 12/07/2010
Anyone who's seen Hard Eight knows just how well PTA can do with this kind of material.
Anyone who's seen Hard Eight knows just how well PTA can do with this kind of material.
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4:39PM on 12/03/2010
Sounds Amazing!
Sounds Amazing!
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2:48AM on 12/03/2010

REALLY BUMMED...

to hear some "unknown entities(SAG)" killed The Master. Oh well. Also, doesn't the Inherent Vice synop sound a bit too Elmore Leonard-ish? I was hoping for something a bit more substantial than another twisty story with kooky characters.
to hear some "unknown entities(SAG)" killed The Master. Oh well. Also, doesn't the Inherent Vice synop sound a bit too Elmore Leonard-ish? I was hoping for something a bit more substantial than another twisty story with kooky characters.
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7:02PM on 12/02/2010
As disappointed as I am about The Master getting canceled, this news is just as awesome. Robert Downey Jr. in a post- Kiss Kiss Bang Bang noir directed by PT Anderson. One of my favorite actors with one of my favorite directors. I honestly could not ask for more.
As disappointed as I am about The Master getting canceled, this news is just as awesome. Robert Downey Jr. in a post- Kiss Kiss Bang Bang noir directed by PT Anderson. One of my favorite actors with one of my favorite directors. I honestly could not ask for more.
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6:19PM on 12/02/2010
Any P.T. Anderson news is good news, Downey Jr. being involved is as awesome as Ed Norton being involved in the other Anderson's (Wes) movie. Why do the two great directors that came out of the 90's have the same last name?
Any P.T. Anderson news is good news, Downey Jr. being involved is as awesome as Ed Norton being involved in the other Anderson's (Wes) movie. Why do the two great directors that came out of the 90's have the same last name?
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5:30PM on 12/02/2010

Count Me In

Wow this just sounds like it could be one of my favorite movies
Wow this just sounds like it could be one of my favorite movies
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4:41PM on 12/02/2010
omg.
omg.
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1:14PM on 12/02/2010
This is a wim win situation. Talented director and writer with talented actor means great movie. Really disappointed that "The Master" isn't getting made because with the all the talent involved it would have been incrdible.

Would really like to see Tom Cruise in another PTA movie.
This is a wim win situation. Talented director and writer with talented actor means great movie. Really disappointed that "The Master" isn't getting made because with the all the talent involved it would have been incrdible.

Would really like to see Tom Cruise in another PTA movie.
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12:44PM on 12/02/2010

PTA + Pynchon=brainmelt

This will be so fucking awesome!
This will be so fucking awesome!
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12:35PM on 12/02/2010

Big Lebowski WAS film noir...

...it was based on The Maltese Falcoln.

Still sounds awesome though. Can't wait to see who gets cast...
...it was based on The Maltese Falcoln.

Still sounds awesome though. Can't wait to see who gets cast...
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11:51AM on 12/02/2010
I think this will be good for him. He may just need a refresher with someone elses work. We might end up getting The Master after he completes this. Plus with him working from material by a genius like Pynchon, I'm not worried in the slightest.
I think this will be good for him. He may just need a refresher with someone elses work. We might end up getting The Master after he completes this. Plus with him working from material by a genius like Pynchon, I'm not worried in the slightest.
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11:30AM on 12/02/2010
Pynchon!
Pynchon!
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10:58AM on 12/02/2010
I'm really disappointed. It's not that I think Anderson won't make a good movie with this, it's just that he's so brilliant when it comes to his own original material. The Master (or whatever it was going to be called) had such a great cast and seemed to be shaping up to be excellent. It's VERY frustrating that it's not going to be made.
I'm really disappointed. It's not that I think Anderson won't make a good movie with this, it's just that he's so brilliant when it comes to his own original material. The Master (or whatever it was going to be called) had such a great cast and seemed to be shaping up to be excellent. It's VERY frustrating that it's not going to be made.
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11:21AM on 12/02/2010
You pretty much said everything I was going to say. Phillip Seymour Hoffman as the creator of a religion in the vein of Scientology, in a film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson no less, was something I was extremely interested in seeing.
You pretty much said everything I was going to say. Phillip Seymour Hoffman as the creator of a religion in the vein of Scientology, in a film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson no less, was something I was extremely interested in seeing.
5:33PM on 12/02/2010
I agree with everything u guys are saying.. I was so excited when i first heard about it and when I heard it was not going to be made anymore i felt my stomach drop in disappointment, but this storyline seems perfect for PTA its like he's goin back to Boogie Nights form
I agree with everything u guys are saying.. I was so excited when i first heard about it and when I heard it was not going to be made anymore i felt my stomach drop in disappointment, but this storyline seems perfect for PTA its like he's goin back to Boogie Nights form
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