Leave It To Paul Thomas Anderson To Have a 600-Page Script That He Want to Adapt Into a Movie
Paul Thomas Anderson is a filmmaker that always tends to give us interesting films to watch that is filled with fascinating content matter and characters. They are also filled with weird and surprising elements, which is what I love about the films he makes. They are always so unexpected.
The last film he made was Phantom Thread, with Daniel Day-Lewis and in a recent interview with The Ringer, Anderson talks about what he wants to work on next, and that happens to be a 600-page script that he has written! 600 pages! That's ridiculous! But he is going to attempt to carve a story out of that monster:
"What I will probably try to do next, foolishly, is go back to that 600-page thing that I have and try to see if there’s anything to carve out of it."
So, how will Anderson take that 600-page script and turn it into a two-hour movie? He explains:
"I will probably try to daydream about what I know is in there and wonder how much I can get away with not looking at it and just write from what I know that’s in there that is good. Because when you go back into those 600 pages, it’s a briar patch isn’t it? Right? You start to see something, 'well this is not a bad idea and maybe I should follow that thread?' And the next thing you know, two hours later you really pissed the day away, right?"
That certainly sounds like an interesting way to tackle his 600-page script and condense it, but it also, strangely enough, makes sense. It's also interesting to get some insight into how one of the most acclaimed directors in Hollywood works.
Whatever it is that he ends up daydreaming, I'm sure it'll be great. After all, he has a solid track record for making great movies. Unless you're not into the kinds of films he makes!
Via: The Playlist