Some news about ‘Inherent Vice’ from Paul Thomas Anderson
Screen Daily spoke with Paul Thomas Anderson this weekend in Venice during the Venice premiere of The Master:
Screen Daily: What’s next?
PTA: 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.
As Indiewire notes:
"As folks already know, this one has already been brewing for a while. An adaptation of Thomas Pychon’s novel … the picture also seemed to gain a lead in Robert Downey Jr., who as recently as last December, was hinting very strongly at working with Anderson.
… The 384-page “novella” is a bit more straightforward than usual Pynchon fare, and follows a private detective uncovering a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer in drug-kissed 1960s Los Angeles. Many reviewers have even drawn comparisons to the psychedelic noir of “The Big Lebowski.” Downey Jr. is eyeing the lead role of the blissed-out investigator, and it will seemingly be another genre detour for Anderson…into stoner comedy?
Robert Downey Jr. spoke with MTV back in December 2011 regarding working with PTA and Inherent Vice:
"Anything to do with Paul Thomas Anderson and I doing a movie together is probably true. We tend to talk about a variety of potential projects, and Thomas Pynchon’s ‘Inherent Vice’ could be great, we’ll see … I just think he’s one of our great American directors, I just like hanging out with the guy."
(Source: Screen Daily, Indiewire, MTV, Empire)