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Thanks to the power of prayer, Paul Thomas Anderson is now close to financing both The Master and Inherent Vice

02.11.2011

Or rather, we should be thanking Megan Ellison, the 25-year old daughter of Oracle honcho Larry Ellison. According to Vulture, the billion dollar former party daughter has come in to save not only Paul Thomas Anderson's thinly-veiled dissection of the Church of Scientology THE MASTER, but also his proposed adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel INHERENT VICE. Praise be to Megan!

First up, INHERENT VICE - It tells the story of Larry 'Doc' Sportello, "a pothead private detective hired by a former girlfriend to investigate the disappearance of her wealthy lover in 1969 Los Angeles." According to Vulture, Anderson is already midway through a second draft of the screenplay all the while consulting with Pynchon himself on the adaptation. Last we heard, Robert Downey Jr. was being pursued for the role of 'Doc', and it now appears that with his recent departure from Sam Raimi's OZ, THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, Downey's newly opened schedule may allow him to him take that role.

And now, THE MASTER - As we all know, the film fell apart back in September. That was all thanks to Universal who had apparently balked at the picture's proposed $35 million budget. The film, from an original script by Anderson, was a drama centered around "a disaffected disciple’s relationship with the founder of a new spiritual movement called the Cause... that examines the human need to believe in a Creator." That disaffected disciple was originally going to be played by Jeremy Renner, though the pause in development caused him to move on to pastures that were actually being filmed. Philip Seymour Hoffman, however, is apparently still very much interested. He was attached to play the L. Ron Hubbard-like leader of the spiritual movement/cult.

No word yet on which film would actually be Anderson's next, but let's all just take a moment to at least give thanks to people with shittons of money and good taste.
Extra Tidbit: Larry Ellison's 27-year old son David is responsible for bringing financing to MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL, and both he and sister Megan co-financed last year's TRUE GRIT (she's also doing John Hillcoat's THE WETTEST COUNTY IN THE WORLD). One thing's for sure: the Ellison kids don't want shit to do with computers!
Source: Vulture

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1:33AM on 02/13/2011
I want to see The Master so badly. When you have PTA, Hoffman, and Renner in one movie and said movie has a great storyline, one can expect great things.

If everyone were to come back for The Master, I could see it getting alot of oscar buzz.
I want to see The Master so badly. When you have PTA, Hoffman, and Renner in one movie and said movie has a great storyline, one can expect great things.

If everyone were to come back for The Master, I could see it getting alot of oscar buzz.
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8:58AM on 02/12/2011

Who knew?

Larry Ellison is finally associated, however indirectly, with something that isn't completely horrible.
Larry Ellison is finally associated, however indirectly, with something that isn't completely horrible.
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9:43PM on 02/11/2011
How can this fucking genius not get his films financed and they're handing over 150 million dollar tentpole releases to McG? I hate Hollywood.
How can this fucking genius not get his films financed and they're handing over 150 million dollar tentpole releases to McG? I hate Hollywood.
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8:54PM on 02/11/2011
The World Needs More Paul Thomas Anderson Films!! Thanmk you Megan!
The World Needs More Paul Thomas Anderson Films!! Thanmk you Megan!
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7:36PM on 02/11/2011
Fantastic, financing a PT Anderson movies is the best thing a young billionaire can do. So they're not all self centered sociopaths after all.
Fantastic, financing a PT Anderson movies is the best thing a young billionaire can do. So they're not all self centered sociopaths after all.
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6:56PM on 02/11/2011
It must be nice to be able to finance films with your dad's money for a career. Not that I'm complaining about this particular bit of news.
It must be nice to be able to finance films with your dad's money for a career. Not that I'm complaining about this particular bit of news.
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4:11PM on 02/11/2011
After reading that New Yorker article on Paul Haggis, I kept thinking what a shame it was that "The Master," after assembling such talent, wasn't going to be made. I still hope Renner gets time in his schedule to return, but what matters is that thanks to these kids, Paul Thomas Anderson might be making another movie(or two)!
After reading that New Yorker article on Paul Haggis, I kept thinking what a shame it was that "The Master," after assembling such talent, wasn't going to be made. I still hope Renner gets time in his schedule to return, but what matters is that thanks to these kids, Paul Thomas Anderson might be making another movie(or two)!
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3:38PM on 02/11/2011

Y'know...

... I really enjoyed that, George. A great report on a great film-maker. Nice to know some of the writers on here don't need to use cut and paste at every available moment and can still WRITE.
... I really enjoyed that, George. A great report on a great film-maker. Nice to know some of the writers on here don't need to use cut and paste at every available moment and can still WRITE.
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2:50PM on 02/11/2011

Thank god for rich white kids that have good taste in art!

I'm feeling very optimistic about the future of the film industry when i see news like this. And they're only in their 20's also!! Fucking fantastic news. We might get 2 PTA films in back to back years.
I'm feeling very optimistic about the future of the film industry when i see news like this. And they're only in their 20's also!! Fucking fantastic news. We might get 2 PTA films in back to back years.
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2:43PM on 02/11/2011
I'm eagerly looking forward to The Master.
I'm eagerly looking forward to The Master.
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1:50PM on 02/11/2011

How....

Can a studio balk at giving him 35 million to make a movie and then throw out 2 or 3 times that to make gems like Yogi Bear or whatever horrible Rom/Com comes out this week. Glad these are moving forward.
Can a studio balk at giving him 35 million to make a movie and then throw out 2 or 3 times that to make gems like Yogi Bear or whatever horrible Rom/Com comes out this week. Glad these are moving forward.
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2:40PM on 02/11/2011
It's because Yogi Bear has a built in audience and will almost surely make the money back. Where a drama that is totally original and possibly hard to penetrate for middle America worries them. I'm not justifying it. I'm just explaining it. I wish it were different.
It's because Yogi Bear has a built in audience and will almost surely make the money back. Where a drama that is totally original and possibly hard to penetrate for middle America worries them. I'm not justifying it. I'm just explaining it. I wish it were different.
1:03PM on 02/11/2011
The Ellison children rock! I am so stoked for "The Master", and this news makes my day!
The Ellison children rock! I am so stoked for "The Master", and this news makes my day!
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12:20PM on 02/11/2011
Fantastic. Pretty anxious to see how both these turn out, though I think Inherent Vice has a slight lead in my books.
Fantastic. Pretty anxious to see how both these turn out, though I think Inherent Vice has a slight lead in my books.
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11:31AM on 02/11/2011

My dog just died...

But DAMN this news has me excited!
But DAMN this news has me excited!
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10:39AM on 02/11/2011
Amazing News! The Master seems perfect for him. PTA also might be the only person who can handle adapting books as dense as Pynchon's.
Amazing News! The Master seems perfect for him. PTA also might be the only person who can handle adapting books as dense as Pynchon's.
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9:20AM on 02/11/2011
AMAZING!!!! Best news this year.
AMAZING!!!! Best news this year.
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7:46AM on 02/11/2011
This is such phenomenal news. PT Anderson needs to get back to work and both these projects sounded too amazing to not be made.

I really have to say, I love David and Megan Ellison. Please keep doing what you guys are doing. You are awesome.
This is such phenomenal news. PT Anderson needs to get back to work and both these projects sounded too amazing to not be made.

I really have to say, I love David and Megan Ellison. Please keep doing what you guys are doing. You are awesome.
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7:44AM on 02/11/2011
I hope he makes The Master first! That was of course the one that sounded the most intriguing.
I hope he makes The Master first! That was of course the one that sounded the most intriguing.
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