Paul Thomas Anderson and Joaquin Phoenix must have enjoyed working with one another, as it’s been revealed via THR that they’re planning to get back together for Inherent Vice. You can certainly understand why Phoenix is keen to work together again, as he’s scored an Oscar nomination for his recent performance in The Master.
The actor replaces Robert Downey Jr., who has been loosely attached to the movie since February 2011, but has now dropped out. This noir film, set in 1969 Los Angeles, is based on Thomas Pynchon’s 2009 novel about a weed-smoking private detective on a kidnapping case.
Paul Thomas Anderson is directing from his own adapted screenplay, with Megan Ellison producing and financing through her Annapurna Pictures company. It isn’t known when production may begin, but Paul Thomas Anderson is apparently keen to make it fairly soon, ensuring there isn’t another seven year gap as there mas between There Will Be Blood and The Master.