Paul Thomas Anderson is regarded as the greatest modern American director of the last two decades. There Will Be Blood, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love, and Boogie Nights have each left audiences floundering for superlatives to throw at the filmmaker, and his latest opus, The Master, is set to do the same.
Having premiered at the Venice Film Festival over the last few days with lead star Joaquin Phoenix reportedly drawing a heated response from the press due to his erratic behavior at a news conference, Anderson’s take on a certain religious cult is already drawing stellar reviews from film critics across the globe.
Alongside Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams star, with early reaction singling out the Walk The Line star as giving a career-best performance, whilst Anderson himself is also deemed to excel behind the camera, showcasing his vast array of cinematic skills in a visual tour-de-force.
But it seems like the director is already looking to move away from The Master by starting work on his latest project, Inherent Vice.
Based upon a 1970s Californian detective story by Thomas Pynchon that involves, adultery, mental institutions, and a complicated narrative, its lead character is a private eye named Larry “Doc” Sportello.
Anderson has stated that it’s “like a Cheech and Chong movie,” and he believes that adapting this literary work is “just gonna be great and, hopefully, fun.”
However, as often happens with his work, we could be waiting a long time for his next movie to reach the screen as he isn’t exactly forthcoming with any precise details regarding its production:
“Hopefully not long. I’d like to have a few years of being more productive. But we’ll see.”
In the meantime, The Master is due to be released across America on September 14.