P.T. Anderson Will Be Directing the 'Inherent Vice' Adaptation Next

September 4, 2012
Source: Empire

Paul Thomas Anderson / Inherent Vice

We're already moving onto Paul Thomas Anderson's next film before The Master has even hit theaters? Yep, that's always the way it works. PTA's new film just premiered at the Venice Film Festival last week, and during his press events, the filmmaker spoke about his next project. It is one we've heard of before, as he was working on it in 2010 while The Master was stalled in development, then that film went into production first. Though we also reported back then that both films had funding, now it looks like once The Master is out, he may be gearing up to take on that adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice next. Read on!

PTA spoke with a few different sites, including Empire (via FSR), where he makes it seem almost not as optimistic as we were first hoping. "Hopefully not long [until we see Inherent Vice]. I'd like to have a few years of being more productive. But we'll see." However, he seems more optimistic talking to Screen Daily, where he says: "I'm hoping we can get Inherent Vice going soon. That's what I'm writing now. It's taking my mind off this, actually. It's a lot of fun. It's such a different piece, though. It's nice to have a collaborator, as it were, through working on the book." Asked if that means that he's somehow in touch with notoriously reclusive author Thomas Pynchon, he only replies: "I try to communicate with the book, mainly." Hmmm.

PTA doesn't mention too many details, or anything about Robert Downey Jr.'s involvement either, but does seem to hint that it's his next project anyway. Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice, first published in 2009, is about stoner private eye Doc Sportello in a 1970's "part noir, part psychedelic romp" detective story. PTA describes it as being "like a Cheech and Chong movie. [Adapting Pychon's work is] just gonna be great and, hopefully, fun." Sounds like it might be a fun movie, eh? He adds about the dense novel: "There's so much. But it's fun too, be because they're his words, and… it's like taking your dad's car for a ride, y'know?" Let's just hope that makes for an entertaining film, but I expect PTA is whippin' up something genius here.

We'll have to keep an eye out for more updates from PTA on this film, or whatever he may be onto next. But in the meantime, don't forget that The Master will hit theaters starting September 14th later this month.

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Already looking forward to it...sounds like it's right up his alley.

dale on Sep 4, 2012


I read it when it came out. There are definitely better Pynchon books than this one.

DAVIDPD on Sep 4, 2012


I love stoner films. This sounds very different from what he has done so far. At the very least it will be interesting.

Davide Coppola on Sep 4, 2012


I love when directors jump into something completely different than they're previous project and the results are usually pretty great when they don't get burnt out sticking to one genre. Similar to how Spielberg went from Lincoln to Robopocalypse.

Matt Peloquin on Sep 5, 2012


Best news I've heard all day! Hopefully this will finally bring back PTA's fun side of film-making...

zey on Sep 5, 2012

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