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Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master' Officially Set For October 12th Release

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by The Playlist
March 27, 2012 10:06 PM
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There's good news and bad news tonight. The potentially bad news is that the glut of commenters who insist that Paul Thomas Anderson's upcoming drama, "The Master" isn't actually called that are wrong according to Box Office Mojo. The good news, as promised by Annapurna Pictures, the financiers and producers of the film, is that it has nabbed an October release date.

The Weinstein Company has now officially set the drama for an October 12th bow in limited release (which will likely expand as we get deeper into the Oscar season). Could this mean an early appearance on the fall film festival circuit? It's completely possible. PTA's "There Will Be Blood," mostly skipped those rounds in 2007, though it appeared briefly at Telluride and Fantastic Fest (at the former festival they only showed clips).

Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master" is a 1950s-set drama centered on the relationship between a charismatic intellectual known as "the Master" (Hoffman) whose faith-based organization begins to catch on in America, and a young drifter who becomes his right-hand man (Phoenix). Scored by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood and also featuring Amy Adams, Laura Dern, Madisen Beaty and Jesse Plemons ("Varsity Blues," TV's "Friday Night Lights"), "The Master" was once touted as a "scientology" film -- something the producers and distributors have since shied away from. What is more likely the case is that, like PTA's adaptation of Upton Sinclair's "Oil!" for 'Blood,' the director has taken the L. Ron Hubbard story and used it as a similar launching pad to explore ideas of faith, hubris, and, based on the version of the script we read, megalomaniacal tendencies. Either way, this one is extremely high on our Most Anticipated 2012 list, and we cannot wait.

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12 Comments

  • Francesca | April 3, 2012 9:57 AMReply

    So the Cannes rumour is nonsense.

  • hank | March 28, 2012 4:14 AMReply

    And thus starts an annoying trend of gifted filmmakers naming their otherwise untitled films after titles dreamed up by fanboy bloggers who read an illegally obtained early draft of the script. it was referred to as "The Cause" on set by the way.

  • Cde. | March 28, 2012 8:17 PM

    Honestly, the madness of PTA fanboys on the internet means I can't tell what's serious and what's meant as a joke anymore.

  • hank | March 28, 2012 1:20 PM

    that's right, no sarcasm whatsoever in my words. that's how "I think it played out."

  • Cde. | March 28, 2012 5:23 AM

    It's hilarious that you think that's actually the way things played out.

  • the dude's name | March 28, 2012 12:41 AMReply

    it's L. Ron Hubbard.

  • Blake | March 28, 2012 12:39 AMReply

    Telluride didn't show There Will Be Blood (only clips). Fantastic Fest had its world premiere.

  • The Master | March 27, 2012 11:45 PMReply

    What does it mean to appear briefly at a festival? Was only some of the movie shown?

  • Chili | March 27, 2012 11:03 PMReply

    Correct. As everyone should know by now.

  • Matt | March 27, 2012 11:02 PMReply

    Hell yes. My guess is that they drop some kind of teaser in the summer. I saw Radiohead a few weeks earlier in Austin, and it turns out that PTA was there the next day for their ACL taping. Sounds like Greenwood is hard at work on the score.

  • Anonymous | March 27, 2012 10:50 PMReply

    It's not called 'The Master'.

  • Jeff | March 28, 2012 1:21 AM

    Okay, fine. But don't you think that if Megan Ellison and Harvey Weinstein want to continue calling it that we should probably just let them?

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