Paul Thomas Anderson’s Next Movie to Be a High School Drama Set in the ’70s


Paul Thomas Anderson is finally preparing to start work on his follow up to 2017’s Phantom Thread and, unlike that London-set period piece, it sounds like his latest movie will find him working closer to home. The as of yet untitled movie is said to be set in the San Fernando Valley in the 1970s, a familiar time and place that will take him back to his Boogie Nights roots. Plot details are still fairly slim but the project surfaced on a list of 13 upcoming films approved to receive tax credits from the California Film Commission next year. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

According to THR, casting is now underway for the next film by Paul Thomas Anderson which will be “centered on a high school student who is also a successful child actor.” The movie is said to contain “a multitude of roles and could be ensemble in nature or have intersecting storylines.” Yep, that sounds like a P.T. Anderson movie alright. The untitled film is planning to go into production in February 2020.

Leonardo DiCaprio was being courted for the lead role in a PTA movie earlier this year, but he reportedly turned it down in favour of Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley. A few months later, however, he was replaced by Bradley Cooper in that movie so it is unclear if he could still be involved or if this is even the same project. Either way, the child actor part is perhaps the most intriguing with Anderson having grown up in L.A. and possibly being able to draw from people he knew as a kid. Are you looking forward to Paul Thomas Anderson’s next movie?

  • sumguy

    Yes. Of course. Always.

  • RockJoker

    By default: YES

  • RockJoker

    “said to be set”
    It’s fun to pronounce that line

  • Grant Radke

    I’m on board for anything PTA does. Who’da thought ‘Phantom Thread’, a movie about a dressmaker would be good? And it was great!