Paul Thomas Anderson movies have a history of lengthy development periods, mostly due to funding issues. Fans have now become accustomed to (but don’t necessarily enjoy) waiting 5 years between projects. However, they may not have as long a waiting period this time according to Anderson’s longtime producer, JoAnne Sellar. In reference to Anderson’s latest film, Inherent Vice, she’s quoted as saying, “We’re just putting the financing together and the plan is to start shooting in late April.” This news comes just a week after reports that Joaquin Phoenix would replace Robert Downey Jr. in the lead role, so perhaps things really are moving ahead. For those uninitiated, Inherent Vice will be an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s novel about a pothead private eye in the late 1960’s who becomes entangled in a strange case after an encounter with his ex-girlfriend.
Although this may seem like a quick turnaround for Anderson, it’s important to note that he has been working on the adaptation for several years now, which certainly helps move things along. The prospect of any new Anderson film is fine by me, and the sooner, the better. Of course, we’ve seen plenty of false starts with his films before, so I wouldn’t get my hopes up too high. Still, the idea of him teaming up with Phoenix again holds a lot of promise. Also, I like that Inherent Vice will be more of a comedic venture, which is something we haven’t seen from Anderson in a while. How many of you are looking forward to this one coming together soon?