Promo Poster for Paul Thomas Anderson’s Untitled Drama

     May 18, 2011


Way back last year, we reported some casting news as well as gave a brief synopsis of the upcoming highly-anticipated Paul Thomas Anderson project. Following his dark character study of rich-man greed in There Will Be Blood, Anderson’s next film, which is technically untitled but had been unofficially given the name The Master, and that script followed “charismatic intellectual who hatches a faith-based organization that begins to catch on in America in 1952,” but there have now reportedly been some changes to tone down the story’s parallels to Scientology.  The story now concerns “a man who returns after witnessing the horrors of WWII and tries to rediscover who he is in post-war America. He creates a belief system, something that catches on with other lost souls.” We’ll see how much the final product calls out Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, but for now, we’ll make due with this bland promo poster shown at Cannes which, though it provides nothing more than a silhouette of a man, at least confirms that the movie is being developed.

Hit the jump to check out the poster and more details on the film.

Poster via Cigarettes and Red Vines.


At one point, it looked like Jeremy Renner was cast opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman (who will play the lead), but now Joaquin Phoenix will play the role, which in the original script was a drifter who becomes the right-hand man of Hoffman’s character only to start doubting his mentor’s methods. While I was offput by Phoenix’s mockumentary antics for I’m Still Here, I’ll still offer my support because of his previous great performances. I also think Philip Seymour Hoffman is one of the greatest actors in Hollywood and he might just be able to bring out the best in ol’ Phoenix.

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  • Leonardo

    Best name for a movie “Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Project” it also sounds like a great name for a band.

  • Clayton

    Scientology? With that brief description, it could just as well be a Mormonism allegory, albeit the origins for the latter begin in the early 19th century.

  • tom

    Love it!

  • Kyle

    Phoenix was a great choice.

  • heyman29323

    I read the screenplay when it was first leaked on the internet. It was authentic – I know him enough to know this was his writing. And iIn my eyes Paul can do no wrong. So at first I told everybody how good the screenplay was. But – I can’t beleive I am about to say this – it amounted to a whole lot of nothing in a way. It had moments of brilliance of course. But it was written so badly with typos and grammar and such that I think he may’ve also dropped the ball on structure.

    I know normally that doesn’t matter about typos and stuff that doesn’t really matter, but it was so unintelligble at times it was unreadable. I thought it very strange at the time. But my faith was still there that he had it all in his head correctly and would execute in usual brilliant way. But hopefully he redid it and kept all the good parts (which there were many).

    The one thing I hope he keeps is that I noticed the Freddie character had all the characteristics of an anti-social personality to the point he had at least one scene revealing every attribute involved in that disorder – even a tattoo fetish (which actually has been noted in the past being realted to this disorder)

    I know I’m coming off as a hater. I’m not really, honestly. Believe it or not I’m a HUGE fan. Boogie Nights is my favourite movie of all time. Just concerned that hopefully all the kinks have been taken out of the screenplay because I’m pretty sure the draft I read was pretty bad but easily fixable if he re-arragnes some scenes.

  • and

    why would they even bother making a poster if they had to name it ‘untitled’

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