P.T. Anderson’s ‘Master’ & ‘Inherent Vice’ May Have Funding

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 24th, 2013 at 9:41 am,

Paul Thomas Anderson is one of those offbeat auteurs who continues to operate out of the norm, developing projects like The Master or Inherent Vice as potential followups to his critically-acclaimed and Oscar-winning There Will Be Blood. Now both of the director’s new projects may have secured the necessary financial backing to move forward.

It seems that billionairess Megan Ellison (formerly known as the party girl daughter of Oracle boss Larry Ellison, now the executive producer behind True Grit) is in negotiations to fund both of Anderson’s new endeavors, either of which could feasibly begin production later this year.

Anderson fans may recall that his religious cult film (and not-so-subtle allegory for Scientology), The Master, was initially supposed to begin shooting last fall before it was indefinitely postponed due to a combination of creative and budgetary concerns. Vulture says that Ellison would co-finance the project, which Jeremy Renner (The Town) is no longer attached to star in, due to his jam-packed schedule. However, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Reese Witherspoon may still be available for the film.

Word got out a couple months ago that Anderson has written a treatment of the 60s-set detective story, Inherent Vice, and now both Ellison, along with the novel’s author, the mysterious Thomas Pynchon, have openly pledged their support for the film. Robert Downey Jr. continues to be listed as a potential candidate to star as the pic’s pothead protagonist, Larry “Doc” Sportello, and it’s been speculated that his departure from Oz, the Great and Powerful was in part motivated by a desire to star in Inherent Vice instead.

The Master certainly stands to attract its share of controversy due to its subject matter, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that Anderson won’t move forward with that project first. It’s based on an original screenplay of his own design and he’s had several months to rework the script and smooth out any issues that contributed to its being put on hold.

On the other hand, Inherent Vice could be the more immediately feasible of the two – especially since R.D.J. is already committed to starring in projects like The Avengers and Iron Man 3, and that’ll certainly affect his future availability. If Anderson wants to collaborate with the every-busy actor sooner than later, this year might be his best chance.

Which of these two would you like to see Anderson tackle first – The Master or Inherent Vice?

Source: Vulture

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  1. I’ve been wondering about P.T Anderson. Shame such a talent has to always get tripped up on funding. Same story for most other film makers out there too though. Many aspiring film makers have succumbed to the flames of the dark dragon named “financing”

  2. Definitely the Master. But Inherent Vice will probably get made first, it might be a good commercial success for him.

    I wonder who’ll replace Renner though.

  3. Except for Puch Drunk Love I have really enjoyed his films. Starting with Hard Eight and Boogie Nights I have tried to keep up with what he will be up to next so i’m excited to hear this news. Like the post above I would love to see The Master 1st but if it’s Inherent Vice that’s ok with me.

  4. Inherent Vice!!! Pynchon is so wild, off-beat and a complete genius…like Anderson himself, this book was a trip and I believe this is one director that may be able to capture the humor, suspense, fear and confusion :)

    think “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” with a mystery to solve, bring it on!

  5. Will definitely watch The Master, it’s about time someone in Hollywood had the guts to take on those charlatans.

    • I’m sorry because i’m about to go a little Oliver Stone conspiracy theory here. But I wonder if that’s why he’s had so much trouble getting this funded? I have always been a little curious why nobody has ever brought this story to the big screen. I’m trying to be careful not to offend anyone so I won’t call out any religions but there are a few ways a movie like The Master could go and it would be pretty damn good…