Paul Thomas Anderson Is Going Back to High School for His Next Movie

Paul Thomas Anderson's new film is eyeing a 2021 release with an interesting setting: High School in the 1970s. In Southern California, naturally.

Paul Thomas Anderson movies feel like cultural events. We only get them every few years, but they always have an impact. Now, it appears Anderson is taking us to a very personal place: A California high school in the 1970s. The movie will focus on a high school student who is also a successful child actor, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

THR also reports that casting is underway for the untitled feature's main role, and that the movie will feature a supporting cast with interlacing storylines, a la PTA's Magnolia and Boogie Nights. The movie was listed on the California Film Commission's list of 13 films shooting in the state next year, with a projected production start date of February 2020.

That's not a lot of details but it definitely is intriguing. We've seen PTA tackle child celebrities before in Magnolia -- with the young and troubled wiz kid on a trivia show. It will be interesting to see if there's any crossover between the tales or this will be a completely new idea. 

More to come when we have it...      

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They aren’t cultural events. They don’t always have an impact. The Master and Inherent Vice have already totally faded into obscurity. The Master was barely watchable and Inherent Vice was an exercise in punishing the audience with boredom. Like Tarantino, he seems content with making his movies only for himself and he’s become totally insulated from self reflection. Maybe he could return to form but he honest about his track record.

November 12, 2019 at 9:48AM

You voted '+1'.

Wow, brutal haha. I would disagree.

I personally adore the Master, and am very into Inherent Vice. I also am a huge fan of Phantom Thread. It's all subjective, but I wouldn't say the Master has faded, plenty of people still talk about it and hold it to an incredibly high standard.

November 12, 2019 at 12:16PM

Michael Dean
DP, Editor

You must leave room for perspective. I will agree, I though Inherent Vice was ridiculous and not good. But The Master, in my eyes was an absolute masterpiece. Very good.

November 13, 2019 at 5:38AM

Nathan Karimi

I like his face on the photo :)

November 18, 2019 at 6:39AM