Paul Thomas Anderson’s follow-up to his brilliant There Will Be Blood was to be an original tale of a fictional religious organization entitled The Master, starring Anderson mainstay Philip Seymour Hoffman (who has been featured in four of his five films). Hoffman said, back in September 2010, “I don’t have any new information [about The Master]. I really mean that, I’m not being obtuse. I don’t quite know what that is at the moment, but hopefully I will and hopefully I’ll be part of something soon. It would be great to work with him again.”
The current status of said film is “postponed indefinitely”.
However, a new rumor has surfaced that Anderson is adapting Thomas Pynchon’s novel Inherent Vice, to star Robert Downey, Jr. as a pot-smoking private eye. This information came out in early December 2010, and nothing has been confirmed.
Thus, Anderson is keeping his fans in the dark; yet, when he’s done that in the past, the resulting films have always been extraordinary.