Some five years after There Will Be Blood stormed into theaters, we're finally getting a new film made by Paul Thomas Anderson: The Master, another allegorical period drama that essentially collapsed back in 2010, before it gained backing from Oracle heiress Megan Ellison (True Grit) and began principal photography last year - with a prestigious cast that includes decorated stars like Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, and Joaquin Phoenix.
Anderson's Master is just one of numerous Ellison-backed contenders set to duke it out during the upcoming Awards Season, joining such titles as Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly (formerly Cogan's Trade), Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty and John Hillcoat's Lawless (formerly The Wettest County) - one of our 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2012.
True to Ellison's word that The Master was being setup for a release this fall, the Weinstein Company has officially pencilled in Anderson's (semi?) historical fiction work to hit theaters on October 12th, 2012. Most likely The Master will begin a limited release that day, opening against such wide-releases as Ruben Fleischer's star-studded crime drama Gangster Squad and the latest high-concept Kevin James comedy vehicle, Here Comes the Boom.
The Master (based on Anderson's original script) is said to revolve around a man (Hoffman) who founds a new faith-based organization in response to the horrors he witnessed during WWII. However, it's long been rumored that the film takes a few not-so-subtle jabs at L. Ron Hubbard and his creation of Scientology, which not-so-coincidentally also occurred during the early 1950s - and likewise gained favor with the disillusioned masses after the second world war.
Cinephiles should be all the more pleased to hear that a new Anderson production is on the way. Furthermore, the filmmaker has reportedly shot The Master in 65 mm - which is projected at 70 mm, the same format used for IMAX screenings - and that high-resolution setup offers all the more reason for film geeks to be excited about seeing what sort of ingenious cinematography or haunting visuals (see: the above There Will Be Blood pic, for case in point) Anderson conjures up this time around.
In addition to its eyebrow-raising subject matter and technical qualities (including, a soundtrack by Jonny Greenwood), The Master's supporting cast is rounded out by respectable thespians like Laura Dern (Blue Velvet, Jurassic Park), W. Earl Brown (Deadwood), David Warshofsky (Face/Off, Public Enemies), and Lena Endre (the Swedish Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). Needless to say, we'll be keeping an eye out for this one.
To reiterate: The Master begins its theatrical release in the U.S. on October 12th, 2012.
Source: Box Office Mojo