Jonny Greenwood is Returning to Score P.T. Anderson's 'The Master'
Hooray, even more good news music fans! On top of the outstanding score for Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which reminded me of Johnny Greenwood's work in There Will Be Blood, there's now word that Greenwood is reuniting with Paul Thomas Anderson to score his next film, The Master. The news can be traced back to Cigarettes & Red Vines (official PTA site) via The Film Stage all the way to a tweet by British record label founder Oliver Weindling, saying simply: "Zed-U recorded part of soundtrack for Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead last week. Film (by Paul Thomas Anderson) to appear in 2013." That's definitely The Master.
P.T. Anderson's new film The Master, which finally got funding and filmed earlier this year around Crockett, California and San Francisco, is a 1950s-set drama about the relationship between a charismatic intellectual known as "the Master" (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman) whose "faith-based organization" begins to catch on in America, and a young drifter named Freddie who becomes his right-hand man (played by Joaquin Phoenix). As everything builds, however, Freddie begins to question the system he’s helped to create. This sounds like it's going to be excellent. The supporting cast includes Amy Adams, Laura Dern, David Warshofsky, Rami Malek, Jesse Plemons, Madisen Beaty, Joshua Close and Fiona Dourif. The Zed-U that Weindling refers to is a "British jazz trio" that Greenwood, of Radiohead, is currently working with.
I'm listening to Greenwood's There Will Be Blood score right now as it's just outstanding. Greenwood has caught the composing bug since Blood, as he also scored Anh Hung Tran's Norwegian Wood and Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin, which is just about to hit theaters (trailer here). Unfortunately if Weindling's other part about 2013 is true then that's a long time we have to wait, even though Anderson is apparently already in post-production. Who knows, as The Weinstein Company is distributing, so maybe they'll push this for an Oscar contender next year or the year after. We will keep you updated either way!