Anderson’s Inherent Vice will mark the first authorized adaptation of Pynchon’s work and has been part of the Hollywood discussion for a while now, with Annapurna Pictures backing the film. The narrative follows Sportello, 1970s stoner detective, “as he investigates the case of a kidnapped girl, who also happens to be one of his ex-girlfriends.” And with a sprawling cast that features Phoenix, Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Josh Brolin, Martin Short, Jena Malone, Kevin J. O’Connor, Katherine Waterston, Timothy Simons, Peter McRobbie, Sasha Pieterse, Joanna Newsom, Maya Rudolph, and more, last year, Variety also went onto say that this will also be the first foray into comedy for Anderson.
But lest we forget, Punch-Drunk Love—an early-Altman-esque film about an emotionally inept man who collects pudding to amass frequent flyer miles and has a crying problem, who falls in love with an equally bizarre woman, in a world where aesthetics and mood go hand in hand while pieces of Jeremy Blake’s abstract art are spliced like tonal cue cards between moments—was Anderson’s attempt at a mainstream romantic comedy. So whatever realm of comedy this is in, I’m all for it.
Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Inherent Vice’ Gets a December 2014 Release Date