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Paul Thomas Anderson Wants Thomas Pynchon’s ‘Inherent Vice’

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Dec 02, 2010 | 7:09am EST

Paul Thomas AndersonOk guys, time to push your ironically taped glasses up on your ironically front facing noses because we have a super serious director looking to adapt a super serious author’s super serious book about a super serious detective who super ironically smokes weed while super seriously trying to solve super serious mysteries and we’re not being ironic about all of this. We’re super serious, ironically.

Paul Thomas Anderson has been at work trying to adapt Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice into a feature film since his Scientology movie The Master was indefinitely shelved. Anderson is one of the most heralded filmmakers working today and Pynchon has joined the ranks of World’s Greatest Writers That Like To Be Left Alone, Dangit. Combine that with the fact that, for a filmmaker, Anderson is pretty paranoid as well, they seem to go hand in hand. Also consider the fact that they both create highly dense stories with a ton of characters that are very dark and moody - we wonder why this has hasn’t happened sooner.

Though to be fair, Anderson has differentiated himself by making a movie about porn and by dating former SNL star Maya Rudolph.

Inherent Vice follows a pothead detective as he navigates the Los Angeles area in the late 60s. Robert Downey Jr has been mentioned in hush tones as the possible lead, but who doesn’t want RDJ as a lead? Everyone wants a piece of that pie. And if this adaptation ever does come to fruition no one is quite sure what direction Anderson will take it (considering he started out with Upton Sinclair’s Oil! and ended up with There Will Be Blood.) But either way, we’re sure it will be super serious and you shouldn’t enjoy it ironically, man. This is art and I drink it up. Like a milkshake, boy.

Source: IndieWire

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