It’s rare that so soon after swooning over a P.T. Anderson movie that I get to start the process all over again. But someone out there is looking out and Anderson, who usually lets a few years go by between each film, is scheduled to start shooting his new movie, Inherent Vice this spring. Joaquin Phoenix was cast in the title role a while ago; then Benicio Del Toro & Owen Wilson joined him. And now Reese Witherspoon wants in on the fun. Let the Craig Dietz fanboy enthusiasm begin in 5,4,3,2,1...
Before I go any further, I should also point out that Warner Bros is going to distribute the movie. This is good news for Anderson and fans of Andersons. The Master, for all it’s brilliance, wasn’t exactly a first choice among casual movie goers and the movie only made $28 million worldwide (while it’s budget was $30 million). So it’s good to see Warners showing some faith in Anderson. And to their credit, Warners, for all their missteps with DC Comic properties, have solid footing when it comes to releasing smart story/character driven films. So I have faith that they see something really awesome with Anderson’s script for Vice and will take good care of it.
Now as far as the material this new movie is based upon, well, I’ve never read the book. But I know a guy, his name is Brad and Brad loves not only the author Thomas Pynchon, but Inherent Vice is his favorite. Now, despite his missteps with liking the Tree of Life and reading Toni Morrison novels, when he says this book is awesome, I’ll believe it. But just in case you’re on the fence, here’s a quick synopsis:
It's been a while since Doc Sportello has seen his ex- girlfriend. 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.
I can’t wait to see want Anderson does with this movie. He's got a great cast and supposedly a brilliant book as his source material. Inherent Vice should be out sometime next year…or in my world, not soon enough.