Paul Thomas Anderson, Joaquin Phoenix, and Philip Seymour Hoffman behind the scenes of The Master.
Joaquin Phoenix hugging key grip Michael Kenner on the set of The Master.
Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman breaking character while shooting a scene from Paul Thomas Anderon’s The Master
Paul Thomas Anderson’s entire career has been leading up to this moment, and what a moment it is. This is something dozens of filmmakers strive to achieve, and it comes in the form of an ambitious magnum opus, The Master.
Playboy: Your character in the 1999 Nicolas Cage film 8MM sold porn. Are you into erotic movies?
Phoenix: Porn is fantastic — not fantastic; it just is what it is. It’s been around forever, so great, fine, have a blast, but I think my imagination is far better. For some time though, I was hoping to do porn versions of movies I’ve been in. That could have been good, like Glad He Ate Her for Gladiator. 8MM you might want to remake as 8 Inches. I have a friend who can rattle off porn titles for every movie I’ve been in. It’s fucking genius.
Bravo, Joaquin Phoenix, Bravo. After effectively putting himself into the wilderness following the faux/mock-doc “I’m Still Here” he is marking his comeback by choosing a variety of fantastic projects. He’s currently filming Paul Thomas Anderson‘s “The Master,” he’s going to reteam with James Gray on the period drama “Low Life” and now he’s lined up another outstanding project.
Twitch reports that Phoenix is now attached to star in the gestating untitled project from the duo of Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman. Awesome. The film, backed by Megan Ellison‘s Annapurna Productions, now has additional support courtesy of Warner Bros. who are providing a home for the film. While it’s not quite clear, we presume the former is financing with the studio set to distribute the picture.
Details on the project are still under wraps but it seems as ambitious as their previous collaborations, 1999’s “Being John Malkovich” and 2002’s “Adaptation.” The film was previously reported to be “a satire about how world leaders gather to figure out all the seismic events that will take place in the world, from oil prices to wars that will be waged.” Jonze will direct from a script written by Kaufman.