Paul Thomas Anderson, easily one of the greatest working directors, has announced his follow-up to the Oscar winning There Will Be Blood. Anderson will be writing and directing a period drama about the founder of a new religious organization in the 1950s. Universal is set to greenlight the film with a production budget of $35 million, Variety reports.
Longtime Anderson collaborator Philip Seymour Hoffman will be taking a lead role for the first time in an Anderson film, having previously played memorable supporting roles in Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, and Punch-Drunk Love. According the premise, Hoffman will be:
playing “the Master,” as in “master of ceremonies,” a charismatic intellectual who hatches a faith-based organization that begins to catch on in America in 1952. The core is the relationship between the Master and Freddie, a twentysomething drifter who becomes the leader’s lieutenant. As the faith begins to gain a fervent following, Freddie finds himself questioning the belief system he has embraced, and his mentor.
Since Hoffman’s last collaboration with Paul Thomas Anderson his career has taken off with three Oscar nominations and won win in the past five years. Anderson is also coming off of his most successful film, There Will Be Blood, which won its star, Daniel Day-Lewis, an Oscar and was nominated for Best Picture. This movie sounds like gold and I’m guessing that when it gets its release date announcement, it will jump to the top of many Oscar charts.