Warner Financing PTA's 'Inherent Vice', Shooting Starting This Month
Good news for fans of Paul Thomas Anderson - his next films is in the works and will start filming very soon! Our friends at PTA site Cigarettes & Red Vines have posted an exclusive update this week confirming that production on P.T. Anderson's adaptation of Inherent Vice will be under way by the end of May. It's not the biggest update and is mostly just confirmation that financing and production is coming together, so we'll likely hear of additional casting soon, besides Joaquin Phoenix already being set for the lead role of Doc Sportello. But I'm just happy to hear some official word that we're getting another PTA movie so soon.
Described as "a Cheech and Chong movie", Inherent Vice is an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel about stoner private eye Doc Sportello in a 1970's "part noir, part psychedelic romp" detective story. It sounds like something totally different from PTA, almost closer to his roots of Boogie Nights than The Master or There Will Be Blood, but it should be fun anyway. Cigs & Red Vines also confirmed that cinematographer Robert Elswit, who won an Oscar for There Will Be Blood and worked on all of PTA's past films but did not shoot The Master (Mihai Malaimare Jr. did), will be back as DP for Inherent Vice. Warner Bros is financing it, as Annapurna Pictures won't even be involved, meaning it's possible they think this has mainstream appeal.
The only other confirmation is that Inherent Vice "is indeed scheduled to start this month". PTA is still meeting with actors, but the project finally has financing secured and in place, and "will begin shooting in the next few weeks." Sounds good to me, looking forward to it already. As much as I love his more complex films, I'm quite curious to see what a "Cheech and Chong" stoner 70's detective story from PTA looks like, especially with Joaquin Phoenix. We'll keep an eye out for any other casting or news as production begins.