Paul Thomas Anderson is comparing his next project, an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s novel Inherent Vice, to the ‘70s stoner-comedies of Cheech and Chong.
Anderson made the claim while speaking with Empire’s Damon Wise at the Venice Film Festival, also expressing his excitement for the project. He believes that adapting the novel is “just gonna be great and, hopefully, fun.”
Pynchon’s Inherent Vice novel follows a stoned private investigator named Larry “Doc” Sportello as he assists a former lover with a case involving everything from infidelity to a police officer called “Bigfoot.” However, Anderson does note that it may be a while before Inherent Vice makes it to the screen, as Pynchon is a notoriously recluse.
Anderson explained, “There’s so much. But it’s fun too, be because they’re his words, and… it’s like taking your dad’s car for a ride, y’know?” He wouldn’t confirm if he has met with Pynchon, claiming that, “If I told you, I’d have to kill you. Because Thomas Pynchon, you know who he is? Terry Malick.”
Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film, the highly anticipated The Master, is set to hit US theaters on September 21.