inherent vice

Will the reclusive author Thomas Pynchon allow a movie studio to produce another one of his many literary works?! It sounds like pure insanity, but over at /Film they think it might be possible. The author’s latest piece Inherent Vice was mentioned in a recent article in The Wall Street Journal. It has led some fans to believe that there may be hope for a big screen adaptation!

In the article they let this statement slip: “The Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles is handling film rights.” The film rights?! When did that happen? This of course opened the flood gates of speculation, because Pynchon’s novels are thought of as unfilmable (where have we heard that before?). Here’s a brief snippet of the story of Inherent Vice.

It’s been awhile since Doc Sportello has seen his ex-girlfriend. Suddenly out of nowhere she shows up with a story about a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer whom she just happens to be in love with. Easy for her to say. It’s the tail end of the psychedelic sixties in L.A., and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” except that this one usually leads to trouble. Despite which he soon finds himself drawn into a bizarre tangle of motives and passions whose cast of characters includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, a tenor sax player working undercover, an ex-con with a swastika tattoo and a fondness for Ethel Merman, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists.

That sounds like a lot to take. I can see why people are circling this project for a film. Who wouldn’t want to be cast in this? Who could they get to adapt this for a screenplay? I assume finding a writer who can pen a script that Pynchon actually likes will be a feat in itself. Even though a lot of writers have been known to shun the camera, this guy has made it an art. Nothing has been confirmed at this point, but the fact that the WSJ dropped a line about a film production does raise a few questions.

Do you think they should make Pynchon’s Inherent Vice into a film? Do you think this is just a rumor?