P.T. Anderson’s ‘The Master’ Aiming For Fall 2012 Release

Published 3 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 6:11 pm,

Back in the Summer of 2011, Paul Thomas Anderson fans were extremely excited when the acclaimed filmmaker finally began production on The Master: an original project the There Will Be Blood director has had much difficulty putting together due to a variety of reasons – including the potentially controversial content of the picture, which has long been described as a not-so-subtle allegory for L. Ron Hubbard’s creation of Scientology during the mid-2oth century.

Due to the prestigious nature of… well, everything related to the film (the director, cast, subject matter, etc.) it’s been presumed that The Weinstein Company was aiming to release The Master in theaters by late 2012, so as to position it as a strong awards contender. However, an official date has yet to be set.

Producer Megan Ellison (True Grit) – who is financing The Master through her Annapurna Pictures body – dropped the following “update” recently, via her Twitter account:

“I know you guys are waiting on a release date for ‘the Master’, and it’s still a bit early, but I’d keep my eyes on October [2012].”

Ellison did not clarify whether The Master will likely be beginning a limited theatrical release around the U.S. by this October – or if the movie will be hitting the film festival circuit at that time, but the latter scenario seems more likely. Most of Anderson’s previous productions (including Boogie Nights, Punch-Drunk Love, and There Will Be Blood) began generating positive buzz by premiering at events like the Cannes Film Festival and Fantastic Fest, prior to their wider theatrical releases.

pt anderson master poster P.T. Andersons The Master Aiming For Fall 2012 Release

An excerpt from the teaser poster for P.T. Anderson's new film

The Master stars frequent Anderson collaborator (and Oscar-winner) Philip Seymour Hoffman as the film’s namesake, a charismatic intellectual who founds a new religious movement in the U.S. during the aftermath of WWII. Costarring in the production are such similarly-pretigious thespians as Amy Adams (who previously appeared alongside Hoffman in Doubt) as “The Master’s” youthful wife and Joaquin Phoenix in the role of a disillusioned drifter who becomes a right-hand man to Hoffman’s character.

Anderson is also re-teaming with a handful of familiar technical players on The Master, including his There Will Be Blood editor Peter McNulty, Oscar-winner costume designer Mark Bridges, and musician/composer Johnny Greenwood.

In other words: judging by the content and people involved on both sides of the camera, The Master will be very much a recognizable Anderson project (re: auteur vehicle), complete with the sort of stylistic panache and powerhouse acting present in his prior works. That’s music to the ears of all those cinephiles out there who’ve been anxiously waiting some five years to see the filmmaker once again tackle some provocative material and ideas in cinematic form.

We will continue to keep you posted on the status of The Master as more information is released.

Source: Megan Ellison [via THR]

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  1. Other than Punch Drunk Love I’ve loved PTA’s work. I wish we didn’t have to wait so long between pictures but it’s always worth the wait. And I’m sure The Master will be too.
    I’m going to probably have to travel a bit to see it though. There used to be a theatre 5 minutes away from me that showed the smaller independent films like this but that closed a couple of months ago and now I’ll have to travel at least 45 minutes.


    I HATE this!!!

    I’ve been working on an opera, in French mind you, with the EXACT same story (well, exact, other than being set in the US after WW2) for the last 4 years.

    Mine is based on a true story – a cult whose leader actually DOES get called “the master”.

    So now, if and when my opera comes out, it will be compared to this film.
    Dammit LOL

  3. Lord Xenu is amused.

  4. Officially my most anticipated movie of this year. I still rhapsodise about how good There Will Be Blood is.

  5. So this isn’t Dr Who related?

    No “tissue compressor”?


  6. I’m not sure I can say it’s at the top of my list (big year with prometheus, final nolan batman movie, avengers, a 3d spiderman , a long awaited james bond, etc… )
    but clearly on the list.
    Great theme, great director, great actor : great movie ?