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Paul Thomas Anderson looking to adapt “Inherent Vice,” Robert Downey Jr. to star?

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
December 2nd, 2010

While his next film, the long talked-about veiled Scientology picture, THE MASTER, is seemingly somewhere in a kind of production purgatory, director Paul Thomas Anderson doesn’t appear to be slowing down.

According to Vulture, PTA is currently working on adapting the Thomas Pynchon novel, Inherent Vice. The novel was picked up by CAA about a year ago, and CAA are currently trying to attach Robert Downey Jr. to the project.  Wow. Just wow.

While Downey Jr.’s attachment seems to be no deeper than him being on a list of possible actors, it is interesting to note that, despite THE MASTER still seeming like it will eventually get made, PTA is still looking for new projects. This one admittedly looks like it’s in the very early stage of happening, with a treatment allegedly already written but no script, and with RDJ not seeming like he has the most open schedule (THE AVENGERS and OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL are on the thespian’s slate), this doesn’t seem like it will happen any time soon.

However, I can’t help but anxiously wait for this film. The novel is best described as following a detective who must uncover a plan to kidnap a billionaire and foil that very plot, and very heavily rooted in noir, the film could easily be one of the more interesting of Anderson’s career. He’s one of today’s most gifted filmmakers, and with his last, THERE WILL BE BLOOD, being my favorite film of the decade past, this one will have more than its fair share of hype. I can’t wait.

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