While his newest film, The Master, has yet to be officially released (September 14th can’t come soon enough), writer/ director Paul Thomas Anderson is already talking about his next project, and first literary adaptation—he’s currently writing a screenplay based on the novel Inherent Vice, by Thomas Pynchon.
Pynchon, widely recognized as one of the top five greatest living American authors, released Inherent Vice in 2009. Its story concerns a down and out detective in 1969 who gets sucked into a convoluted plot (with Pynchon, there’s no other kind) involving a real estate mogul. Basically, a Raymond Chandler novel set during the Manson/ Nixon era.
It’s been long rumored (well, if about two years can be considered “long”) that Anderson has been planning on filming the first-ever adaptation of a Pynchon novel, so much so that Robert Downey Jr. is set to play the lead role. And at various press events leading up to the release of The Master, Anderson has been more and more forthcoming about the project.
Anderson recently stated that next on his slate is the Inherent Vice adaptation, saying, “I’m hoping we can get Inherent Vice going soon. That’s what I’m writing now. It’s taking my mind of this, actually. It’s a lot of fun. It’s such a different piece, though. It’s nice to have a collaborator, as it were, through working on the book.” He also later stated that Inherent Vice is something like “a Cheech and Chong movie.” He also stated he didn’t want the project to take forever…Hopefully not long. I’d like to have a few years of being more productive. But we’ll see… There’s so much. But it’s fun too, be because they’re his words, and… it’s like taking your dad’s car for a ride, y’know?”
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