×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Toronto: Focus Features Nabs Paul Thomas Anderson, Daniel Day-Lewis Film

Focus Features has nabbed worldwide rights to a new drama reuniting the “There Will Be Blood” team of Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-LewisVariety has confirmed.

The indie label will finance the $35 million production and is looking to release the picture in 2017. It’s a coup for the newly reconstituted division, which underwent a major overhaul earlier this spring that brought in new management and returned the brand to a familiar mandate — making character-driven fare and prestige productions. The studio will be busy at this year’s Toronto Film Festival, screening the Civil Rights drama “Loving,” the fantasy drama “A Monster Calls,” and Tom Ford’s pulpy “Nocturnal Animals.”

In June, Variety broke the news that Day-Lewis and Anderson were looking to join forces once again, a pairing that should leave cinephiles in raptures given that their previous collaboration, the wildcatter drama “There Will Be Blood,” has become a fixture on best of the aughts lists. With the new film, the duo will clean up and leave the world of oil behind, to dig into the 1950s fashion scene.

It marks Day-Lewis’ first film role since winning the Oscar for 2012’s  “Lincoln.” Anderson has been directing music videos. His last feature was the Gonzo mystery “Inherent Vice.” Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures is producing the untitled project. Annapurna backed Anderson’s “The Master” and “Inherent Vice.”

CAA brokered the deal. Deadline broke the news that Focus Features had secured rights to the project.

More Film

  • 76th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS --

    Film News Roundup: Glenn Close Selected for Oscar Wilde Award

    In today’s film news roundup, Glenn Close gets an honor, AFI names its Directing Workshop for Women participants and Teri Polo gets cast in a Christmas drama. CLOSE HONOR Glenn Close will be honored on Feb. 21 by the US-Ireland Alliance at the 14th Annual Oscar Wilde Awards, held at J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot in [...]

  • Jason Reitman Ghostbusters

    Jason Reitman to Direct Secret 'Ghostbusters' Movie

    Sony Pictures is getting the wheels in motion for the next installment in the “Ghostbusters” franchise, and it knows who it’s going to call to direct: Jason Reitman. Sources tell Variety that Reitman, whose father, Ivan, directed the first two “Ghostbusters” movies, will direct the latest pic in the famous franchise. Reitman has also co-written a [...]

  • L.A. Teachers' Strike: Hollywood Studios, Unions

    Hollywood Studios, Unions Support Parents and Educators as L.A. Teachers' Strike Rages

    Hollywood unions and entertainment companies have stepped up to support the 31,000 Los Angeles teachers in the second day of a massive strike that’s affected nearly half a million students. More than 50 SAG-AFTRA members picketed at a Tuesday afternoon rally in the driving rain next to the Hollywood & Highland Center with secretary-treasurer Jane [...]

  • SAMUEL L. JACKSON in Glass. M.

    ‘Glass’ Again Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

    In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company iSpot.tv, Universal Pictures claims the top spot in spending for the second week in a row with “Glass.” Ads placed for the superhero thriller had an estimated media value of $9.89 million through Sunday for 1,183 national [...]

  • Danny Glover

    Danny Glover Joins 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' Sequel

    Danny Glover has joined the cast of Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” sequel. His role is being kept under wraps, as is the storyline. Glover will star opposite Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan, all of whom are set to return. Awkwafina is in final negotiations for a significant part in [...]

  • DJ Khaled Bad Boys

    DJ Khaled Joins 'Bad Boys' Sequel (EXCLUSIVE)

    DJ Khaled has rounded out the cast of Sony’s upcoming “Bad Boys” sequel “Bad Boys for Life,” joining returning stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. Khaled will also join series newcomers Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Charles Melton, Jacob Scipio, and Paola Nuñez. Joe Pantoliano is on board to return as Captain Howard. Production is currently [...]

  • SAMUEL L. JACKSON in Glass. M.

    M. Night Shyamalan's 'Glass' to Break January's Slow Box Office Streak

    No plot twist here: M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller “Glass” will dominate the domestic box office. As this weekend’s lone wide release, “Glass” looks to be the de facto choice for moviegoers during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Now the only question is: how big of an opening can “Glass” pull off? Mediocre reviews don’t [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content