P.T. Anderson To Shoot Religious Cult Film in August

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 11th, 2013 at 3:58 am,

Despite struggling to find proper financing for his next project – the script for which is currently titled The Master – acclaimed auteur P.T. Anderson claims that he should be able to begin shooting the film sometime during the next month.

The Master has been described as the tale of a charismatic gentleman (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who becomes the leader of a prominent cult religious institution in 1950s America.  Early word is that the tale not-so-subtly alludes to the rise of the Church of Scientology and its creator, sci-fi writer L. Ron Hubbard, back in 1952.

Reese Witherspoon will play the dedicated wife of Hoffman’s character while Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) is seemingly still set to appear as a loyal follower turned second-in-command of the cult religion – despite the fact that he is currently in final negotiations to play Hawkeye in The Avengers.

The Master is listed at this time as having a $35 million price tag, which is a relatively small budget for a big studio production, but a significant sum for an indie feature.  P.T. Anderson’s ability to secure the proper funding will likely impact any additional casting selections, including the three young actresses being considered to play the role of Hoffman’s daughter in the film.

The folks over at the Cigarettes & Red Vines Blog – which describes itself as “the ultimate Paul Thomas Anderson resource” – managed to catch up with their favorite filmmaker this week and asked him about the status of The Master.  Anderson revealed that the project is on course to begin shooting in August, despite Web rumors that suggest the film might be stuck in development limbo.

Those concerned that production on The Master could be rushed in the hopes of getting it in theaters in time for the 2010 movie awards season should remember that Anderson’s Oscar-winner, There Will Be Blood did not begin shooting until a relatively short time before making rounds on the festival circuit.  The director’s new project could do the same and still maintain the quality of his vision.

We’ll keep you updated on the development of The Master as additional information comes our way.

Source: Cigarettes & Red Vines (via /Film)

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  1. aaaaaa ?

  2. I am excited by this movie’s concept.

  3. Movie concept is great and the fact that PTA will direct it is greater still.

  4. Anybody see “D & D Mattress Man”? Philip Seymour Hoffman’s finest performance to date.

  5. I think films like this make interesting viewing even if the subject matter might not be agreeing to some beliefs of some but the matter is quite intriguing to see how these cults and religions get their origins and expand into an accepted belief by many. I am always facinated by what and why people believe, the whole process is of an individual becomes a believer of a religion, a mind set, a philosophy etc. I think its very important to make such films, there is one person i would love to see being turned into a film the life of St AGUSTINE, My God now theres a story has everything and its mind blowing stuff. St Agustine has done everything you name it he has done it, cults, sex,philosophies,mistress, fathered a child, he was wild you could say he was the first real rock and roller and he went on to become a great saint and man of God through the prayers of his suffering mother she had to put up with a lot, but I can tell you if any big hollywood wants to make a truly good film of religion look and reaserch St Augstine you have it all. For he is the one that said our hearts are restless oh Lord till we find you ,, something like that,, i think the discovery of a belief and a religion, and the wildness of the human spirit at the heart of it all its madness and wonder is the hunger for God..

  6. tom cruise shoulda got the lead for this dammit!

  7. I’ve actually been in to the Tottenham Court branch. It absolutely was bloody weird. First they carry you upstairs to view some weird movie about a college football (American) player who is paralysed right up until he reads the Dianetics book, which immediately heals him.