Billionaire heiresses. When they’re not spending daddy’s money on blinged-out diamond collars for their tiny mutant dogs, they’re recording sex tapes and becoming national heroes. That’s why it’s nice to hear about one heiress who’s doing something legitimately cool. Of course, I know next to nothing about 25-year-old Megan Ellison, billionaire daughter of Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. She might be recording a sex tape as we speak. However, we know she’s at least actively trying to make good contributions to the movie world by financing two projects from writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood).
Ellison, a listed producer on True Grit, is giving Anderson several sacks of money to help make:
The Master, which is about the formation of a Scientology-eque religicult, and Philip Seymour Hoffman is interested in a lead role. Paramount ultimately passed on the movie last year, but now it looks like the project’s thetans are aligning once more.
Inherent Vice, based on a novel by reclusive author Thomas Pinchon, is a psychedelic, late-60’s detective story. Anderson is part-way through the script, and Robert Downey Jr. is interested in a lead role. Of course he is. If your movie doesn’t star Robert Downey Jr., Johnny Depp or James Franco, you’re obviously doing something wrong.
Armed with a gigantic novelty check from Oracle, hopefully Anderson can now make these cool-sounding movies. I’m glad that Ellison wants to produce good movies, rather than star in abominable ones, like some heiresses. (/Film)