Paul Thomas Anderson sets a ’70s high school film for his next feature


Though details are minimal, any news pertaining to a new Paul Thomas Anderson film is major news in my book.

Said to begin shooting in February of 2020, Anderson’s new film–still untitled–will be filmed in California, and based around a high school setting. The main character is said to be a “high school student who is also a successful child actor.”

Anderson of course previously set his sophomore breakthrough Boogie Nights in the 1970s California pornography scene, and 2013’s Inherent Vice adapted the Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name, set in the California of 1970. 

Confirmed to write, direct, and produce via Anderson’s Ghoulardi Film Company, casting is said to be underway.

Anderson’s last film was 2017’s Phantom Thread.

Paul Thomas Anderson Sets 1970s High School Movie for 2020 Production [The Hollywood Reporter]