What do you get when the world’s most reclusive author and a notoriously paranoid Hollywood filmmaking sensation meet somewhere in the smoke-filled depths of creative abstraction and start comparing notes? Presumably, you get a pretty damn good movie. Sources have confirmed that writer/director P.T. Anderson is looking to adapt author Thomas Pynchon’s somewhat-praised 2009 novel, Inherent Vice, for the big screen. The book, which follows Larry “Doc” Sportello, a pot-smoking private detective, on his trip through the mixed-up culture-collision of late-60s Los Angeles, is the latest offering from Pynchon, who hasn’t made a public appearance in several decades.
Though no one can say how far Anderson has taken the project, sources close to the director state that he has already written a treatment and may now be working on a script for the adaptation. Additionally, another source has said that Creative Artists, Anderson’s agency, is considering Robert Downey Jr. for the role of Sportello. Downey’s involvement, however, has not been confirmed.
News of Anderson’s latest project comes just a short time after his plan to make a film based on the life of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard “fell through” in September. More likely, Scientologists harassed Anderson until he had no choice but to abandon the project. And now he’s on to a project about paranoia? Seems a little convenient, doesn’t it…XENU?! (Vulture)