Joaquin Phoenix is set to star with Anderson writing and directing.
Based on the 2009 Thomas Pynchon detective tome, the story is set in 1960s Los Angeles and follows the drug-fueled detective Larry “Doc” Sportello as he investigates the case of a kidnapped girl. The plot is less convoluted than many of Pynchon’s labyrinthine novels, with the New York Times calling it “a simple shaggy dog detective story.”
Anderson has not a major studio release since 2002’s Sony-distributed “Punch-Drunk Love.”
Cigarettes & Red Vines broke the news.
While WB has never released an Anderson film before, New Line distributed and financed “Boogie Nights” and “Magnolia” which brought his name into the limelight (technically, “Hard Eight” was his first film).
It’s unknown if New Line will have a part in the production.
Insiders also add that Annapurna Pictures, which financed and produced Anderson’s last pic “The Master,” will not be involved in the project.
Annapurna had been linked to the project for some time, but bowed out after “The Master” delivered an underwhelming perf at the box office that didn’t cover the $30 million budget.
Production is set to start sometime this spring.