After a series of delays, Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film, formerly titled The Master, is now firmly on the right track to being made. The Weinstein Company won a bidding war to receive worldwide distribution rights for the film. It’s also been revealed that shooting will commence on June 13th with stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix confirmed for the lead roles. Anderson is said to have overhauled the script since Universal passed on the project last year. Now the story is described as being about “a man who returns after witnessing the horrors of WWII and tries to rediscover who he is in post-war America. He creates a belief system, something that catches on with other lost souls.” That plot synopsis does not sound all that different from what we’ve heard before, so it’s difficult to tell how much the story has changed.
As expected for a film shooting one month from now, the rest of the casting is underway and there are a few names in the mix already. Some of the actresses that Anderson is reportedly interested in include: Madisen Beaty (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Amy Adams, Lena Endre (The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo), and Laura Dern. There are no shooting locations listed as of yet, but the film’s budget is supposedly at or around $35 million, the same amount as when Universal stepped away. So, with all that said, it looks like PTA fans have reason to rejoice today. It’s been too long since the director’s last film, 2007’s There Will Be Blood. What are your thoughts on this upcoming project?