'Nights' helmer staying the course
Oscar nominee Paul Thomas Anderson has committed to do his next film for New Line Cinemas, home of “Boogie Nights,” Anderson’s recent critically acclaimed totem to the ’70s porn industry, which he wrote, produced and directed.
New Line and Anderson are keeping tight lids on the new film’s title and storyline. In fact, sources say Anderson is keeping the story close to his vest, and even New Line isn’t sure what the film is about. It is understood, however, that the film would be updated to contemporary times and will be set in the San Fernando Valley, an L.A. suburb, as was “Boogie Nights.”
Anderson also has said that in his next outing he wants to use many of the same actors who were in “Boogie Nights.”
“Long before the success of ‘Boogie Nights,’ we recognized that Paul was a director with enormous talent and this deal signifies his confidence in the way New Line handles films,” said New Line president of production Michael DeLuca.
“We strongly believe in Paul’s creative vision and we want to be in business with him for a long time.”
DeLuca and Lynne Harris, New Line’s senior vice president of production, made the deal on behalf of the studio.
While it is understood that New Line wanted to sign Anderson to an overall, multiyear deal, this pact is only for the upcoming project.
Anderson is at work on the original screenplay, and is eyeing a production start as early as this summer.
“Boogie Nights” has received best supporting actor Oscar noms for Burt Reynolds and Julianne Moore, and a best screenplay nod for Anderson. His script for the film also has been nominated for a British Academy of Film and Television Award for best original screenplay — making him the only American among the four writers nominated this year.
And Anderson’s debut feature-length film, “Hard Eight” — an expansion of his highly regarded Sundance short “Coffee and Cigarettes” — has been nominated for best first feature and best debut screenplay awards at the upcoming Independent Spirit Awards.
Anderson’s deal was brokered by the United Talent Agency.