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Re: That Paul Thomas Anderson Horror movie rumor

Hey folks, Harry here... a tad intoxicated, but still able to quasi construct sentences. Earlier today - AICN posted a story that was in reaction to a rumor that had heard that stated that Paul Thomas Anderson was looking to shoot a Horror film as his next project. Moriarty posted about it - but I decided to run the rumor by Paul to see what he would say. Here's what he responded with:

News to me. I thought I just made a horror film.... Wish I had something to report, but I'm dry as a bone... pta.

So that's what the man himself has to say about it. Now does that mean his next film won't be a horror film? No. It just means that at this juncture - he hasn't begun to explore what his next film is. He's in AWARDS SEASON hand-shaking and meeting. He tends to take time between projects, I'll be surprised if he states what he's up to next for at least half a year or more.

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  • Jan. 25, 2008, 1:21 a.m. CST

    testing 1 2 3

    by xega


  • Jan. 25, 2008, 1:21 a.m. CST

    testing 1 2 3

    by xega


  • Jan. 25, 2008, 1:21 a.m. CST


    by dirtsandwich

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 1:21 a.m. CST

    did anyone take this rumor seriously?

    by Spaz Medicine

    We likely won't see another PT Anderson film for three years.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 1:25 a.m. CST


    by vettebro

    Borrrrrrrring...Where is the good stuff?

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 1:27 a.m. CST

    don't care about genre

    by Stevie Grant

    just looking forward to PTA's next film

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 1:39 a.m. CST

    Well, the man deserves a break.

    by Knuckleduster

    I won't mind another Punch Drunk Love type movie, something a little lighter. Would love to see PTA make his Annie Hall or Manhattan. Still, the idea of him taking on horror does excite...

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 1:43 a.m. CST

    It will be called Being Philip Seymour Hoffman.

    by Julius Dithers

    There will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth. And drinking of milkshakes.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 1:51 a.m. CST

    didn't he already make a horror movie?

    by Zardoz

    and it was about a huge penis that ate Marky Mark? (or something like that...)

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 1:58 a.m. CST

    I hope...

    by FlyinHawaiian

    He does something as grand as he did with his last film.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 2:06 a.m. CST

    freddy vs jason vs ash.

    by dr.bulber

    it could work! :)

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 2:26 a.m. CST


    by DonnieDorko

    "There will be blood" felt like it tried to be Kubrick, and kinda succeeded. Atleast it had the look, the characters and obviously the sound. I don't know if that's good or bad though..

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 2:34 a.m. CST

    He's remaking BASKET CASE, and calling it:

    by jackson healy


  • Jan. 25, 2008, 2:57 a.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    It's definitely not TOO SOON.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 3 a.m. CST

    I wish I could...

    by Ravetin

    ...spend two years not doing shit and listening to people tell me how awesome my movie was. Fuck, I hate successful filmmakers.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 3:46 a.m. CST

    I can wait

    by the podosphere

    as long as he wants. You know, if he decides he's done with movies and moves on to videogames or novels, cool by me.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 3:47 a.m. CST


    by Dr.DirtyD

    Kubrick never made a scope pic. Barry L was straight 35mm. 2001 was 70mm,it was big...but not anamorphic. He was a photographer, and he framed like a photographer.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 3:53 a.m. CST


    by Uncle_Pooch

    would Love a PTA horror bring it on

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 3:56 a.m. CST

    and TOO BAD

    by Uncle_Pooch

    TWBB was better written than NCFOM

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 3:59 a.m. CST

    PT Anderson video game?

    by Ravetin

    First person Boogie Nights sequel? Magnolia point-and-click? Anderson should consider moving to games. Unfortunately, I'm dead fucking serious.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 4:20 a.m. CST

    Was watching Stephen King's IT a few days ago

    by Han Cholo

    That movie scared the shit out of me. I would like to see it done proper, though as a lot of the dialogue was stilted plus the actors didn't always come off as serious to me. Maybe Anderson or Darabont could do it even better than the made for TV film. Tim Curry was the man as Pennywise.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 4:25 a.m. CST

    PTA on Immortal Iron Fist

    by messi

    Now that would be a challenge.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 4:33 a.m. CST

    PTA for Green Lantern

    by messi


  • Jan. 25, 2008, 4:46 a.m. CST

    Maybe Paul WS Anderson?

    by Jor-El23

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 5:14 a.m. CST

    Bloody Disgusting...

    by Sigmar25

    what a waste of web-space

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 5:43 a.m. CST


    by the ageless stranger

    Yesterday the news was "Director having a vague thought." And today the news is "Correction: Director not having a vague thought." Lucky in this digital age there are no presses to stop, eh?

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 7:09 a.m. CST

    Entry: PTA's Prophecy

    by Nice Marmot

    John C. Reilly as inside-out bear.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Great Answer

    by cowboyone

    Says it all. PTA is the MAN.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 7:19 a.m. CST

    Boogie Nights the Musical

    by cowboyone

    You heard it here first folks. Hopefully I'll get an Exec. Producer credit.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 8 a.m. CST

    "still able to quasi construct sentences"

    by The Dude Abides

    Good stuff, Harry, good stuff.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 8:45 a.m. CST

    PT Anderson and Stanley Kubrick: The Good and the Bad


    It would seem to me that meeting Kubrick on the set of Eyes Wide Shut had a major impact on PTA. Do not get me wrong that is awesome as SK is my all time without a doubt #1 artist of all time. Starting with Punch Drunk Love and especially with There Will Be Blood, PT's movies have taken on a Kubrickian feel. In fact if I didn’t know any better I would say that TWBB was a Kubrick film. Who else but the man would have ended a movie on that note? That being said I hate how PT Anderson has said to himself if Stanley could make a movie once every ice age, so can I.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Now is this the good Paul Anderson?...

    by Kid Z

    ... Or the shitty Paul Anderson? I can never keep track. Or are they both shitty?

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 9:48 a.m. CST

    The whole purpose of this post

    by The Funketeer

    Harry wants us to know that he knows PTA.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 10:50 a.m. CST

    I was hoping it would be the standard thing when..

    by DanielKurland

    a director that takes his time between projects, suddenly does something huge, and then starts something else pretty quickly, but I guess we'll have to wait. This would have been cool, but I'd love it even more if Lynch directed a horror film, that was intentionally a horror film.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 11:36 a.m. CST

    THE Answer is a clue to the next film...

    by cagl1ostro

    "Dry as a Bone" is a project set in the Australian wilderness. Its been floating around the industry for some time now. The title refers to the Long sheepskin coats that the jackaroos wear through the rough weather months. Should be a great film.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 12:01 p.m. CST


    by MichaelCorleone

    Harry, you just confirmed what everyone else already knew. A little less name dropping and a little more reporting please. Christ...this site hasn't had a scoop in years.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Just got off the phone with someone famous..

    by JimCurry

    they told me they're not sure what their next project is. OHH yeah, envy me baby.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 1:13 p.m. CST

    PTA is right...

    by Bone-In Foray

    TWBB WAS a horror movie... something a brain-dead site like 'Bloody Disgusting' could never possibly understand. My girlfriend couldn't understand either - more specifically, she couldn't understand what I was so pumped about after the movie... she thought it was slow, deliberate, inconclusive, and a tad on the boring side. I respectfully disagreed. Only by skimming the surface and using a movie such as 'No Country' (which was more obviously violent/horrific/etc) or - to a lesser extent - 'Cloverfield' as a reference point could you make an assertion like that. TWBB was every bit of thrilling and terrifying as NC, but it was based primarily in the psychological plane. Despite the obvious foreshadowing of the film's title. Right on PTA. Take a break.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Just saw TWBB

    by Jerri Blank

    Holy Moly. Finally, a film that lives up to the hype. Easily one of the greatest American films ever made. And that last line..."I'm finished." HA! Loved it!!!!!! Wow. What a great, great, film.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 2:34 p.m. CST

    get off harry's ass (even if there is room)

    by soup74

    i like knowing that the movie site i get most of my news from is run by someone who does actually knows a bunch of these people. this is a perfect example of why.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Icelandic Agoraphobic Superhero Genre

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Ask PTA about tackling this genre!

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 2:48 p.m. CST

    How to start a ridiculous rumor

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Todd Haynes Alpha Flight! Christian Bayle as North Star and Cate Blanchet as Puck!

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 3 p.m. CST

    Just got off the phone with PTA...

    by BGDAWES

    (insert witty slam here)

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 3:01 p.m. CST

    like how harry needs to tell us when he's drunk

    by BurgerKing

    really, no one cares that intake alcohol Harry. Get to the story.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Getting Drunk isn't a good idea

    by Samuel Fulmer

    if your health is poor. Please don't pull a Heath Ledger on us.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 3:53 p.m. CST

    What happened to the musical?

    by riskebiz

    I thought he was once going to do a musical with songs by Amy Mann and Michael Penn (or was it Fiona Apple). Wasn't he?

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Just got off the phone with PTA (again)...

    by BGDAWES

    He agreed No Country for Old Men was the better film.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 4 p.m. CST

    Gotta Eat!

    by BGDAWES

    Drinks a beer and cheets on his wife.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 4:15 p.m. CST

    RE: Mysterious Yobo

    by BGDAWES

    HA! I love it. <br> <br> Where were you when I made my first post?

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Mysterious Yobo

    by virtual_ninja

    Why dont you stfu? You were annoying on the heath ledger talk back and your annoying on this one.Go play some xbox live kid.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 5:03 p.m. CST

    "Nobody fucks with Chest and Brock!"

    by Biggie Kaiju

    "Now let's go get some of that Saturday night beaver."

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Why do directors think they need to take long breaks?

    by The_Squid

    Just because you're job requires creativity doesn't mean you have a free pass to be lazy.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 6:20 p.m. CST

    I would like to take this time to thank PTA for TWBB

    by IndustryKiller!

    An absolute masterpiece and one of the most complete character studies ever put to the screen. Easily the best film of the year.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 9:44 p.m. CST

    Bastard In A Basket

    by Osmosis Jones


  • Jan. 25, 2008, 10 p.m. CST


    by JimCurry

    Um, why don't you do THEIR job and then you can comment on it. You asscracker.

  • Jan. 26, 2008, 1:39 a.m. CST

    Where's the TWBB talkback...

    by Chishu_Ryu

    ...for us lowlifes who waited for the wide theatrical release of PTA's latest psuedo-opus? Anyway, I have to disagree with 999 of 1000 US critics who loved this movie, as I...disliked it. Never before have I seen such an attempt/try to make a film so full of hatred as I just saw in TWBB. The usual PTA contrivances dating back to Boogie Nights were there. Violence was dropped in without really being part of any organic whole to the film, I'm not buying that Plainview is simply a violent man and thus it should be expected. And what was with the laughs every five minutes from the audience I was with? Was I watching a comedy or a drama? Personally, I was yawning the whole time... Was not showing any substantial blood until the end of the film, thus the said title, supposed to be clever? And it seems PTA, who does have talent, has confirmed himself more than ever in my book that he is right now the greatest filmmaker masquerading as a great filmmaker, maybe, ever. The fact that he has so bowled over 99.9999% of the critics, the Academy, and everyone on this site is confirmation for me. I guess no one but me and a select few others with eyes for seeing see through the over-the-top acting of DDL, the violence and humor, the Radiohead score, the tired oil/blood metaphors, and the pretty photography as a cover-up for an otherwise soulless film...

  • Jan. 26, 2008, 10:29 a.m. CST

    I thought PTA made "Oh Yes, There Will Be Blood"!

    by MrMysteryGuest

    ...or something like that...

  • Jan. 26, 2008, 11:47 a.m. CST


    by Billy The Fish

    Is the ttitle of the next movie from Paul Thomas Anderson, in collaboration with Uwe Boll and Rob Zombie. Basically, the premise is this: three really shit directors take it in turns to stick their heads in a blender while a topless Sherri Moon hits the 'puree' switch. It only lasts five minutes, but I for one would pay a fucking fortune to watch it over and over again...

  • Jan. 26, 2008, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Chishu_Ryu you ain't alone

    by m_prevette

    PTA is THE most WILDLY overrated filmmaker I've seen. It's almost funny how the fanboys unzip and jack off at the mention of his name. He imitates Scorsese, Altman, Kubrick, but somehow escapes being raked over the coals . Boogie Nights was 100% Scosese rip-off, Magnolina...Jebus I couldnt even finish wathcing that piece of self indlugent shit. Punch Drunk Love had Adam Sandler so cross that one off...and now people are raving over that dumb ass milkshake line in TWBB...SNOOZE...

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 6:48 p.m. CST

    m_prevette, name one original director...

    by Lenny Nero the last 20 years. One who takes nothing from other directors and has no homage in any of their films.

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 7:52 p.m. CST


    by T 1000 xp professional

    nobody is like that man...i'm just hoping you're not excluding pt anderson from there....there's a lot of good filmakers out there

  • Jan. 27, 2008, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Lenny Nero

    by Chishu_Ryu

    I'll name five "known" American directors from the last 10 years: Charles Burnett, Todd Haynes, Harmony Korine, Terry Zwygoff, and Michael Almereyda. I'd name more but we don't want to cause you any pain to your brain here. So as you're scratching your head saying "Who Dat?" with regard to the truly great filmmakers I just mentioned, maybe some truth will actually leach into that thick scalp of yours...

  • Feb. 12, 2010, 12:21 a.m. CST


    by orcus