In what should come as no surprise to the legion of The Master believers, Joaquin Phoenix wants to re-team with that film’s director, Paul Thomas Anderson for the big screen adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s 2009 novel, Inherent Vice. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Phoenix is looking to reunite with the man most responsible for the best actor Oscar nomination. With Vice, Phoenix looks to slide into the position that once had Robert Downey Jr. sitting in, before he decided to pass on the project.
The book’s plot: It's the late sixties and pot smoking detective Doc Sportello hasn’t seen his ex-girlfriend in a while. Suddenly she shows up with a story about a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer whom she just happens to be in love with. It's the tail end of the psychedelic sixties in L.A., and Doc knows that "love" is another of those words going around at the moment, like "trip" or "groovy," except that this one usually leads to trouble.
As with every film he immerses himself in, Anderson has been working on the screenplay for a number of years. If these two re-connect with this film perhaps art will imitate life once more as Anderson becomes Phoenix’s master.