Deals: Paul Thomas Anderson and Quentin Tarantino Find Homes for Their New Films

Deals: Paul Thomas Anderson and Quentin Tarantino Find Homes for Their New Films

May 09, 2011

Looks like Paul Thomas Anderson is back in business when it comes to his next film, The Master, which till this point has had a rough go at it while trying to find a studio interested in putting it out. That years-long struggle concluded with The Weinstein Co. picking up worldwide rights to the film, which will star Philip Seymour Hoffman as a man who "returns after witnessing the horrors of World War II and tries to rediscover who he is in post-war America. He creates a belief system, something that catches on with other lost souls," according to Deadline.

This will mark PTA's first film since There Will Be Blood, and it'll also mark the return of Joaquin Phoenix to acting, as he'll be co-starring. Others being eyed for a role include Amy Adams, Madisen Beaty, Laura Dern and Lena Endre.

Meanwhile, The Weinstein Co. is also co-financing Quentin Tarantino's next film, Django Unchained, along with Sony Pictures, who will handle international distribution (while TWC takes care of North America). The move to bring Sony on was a big one seeing as it's Will Smith's home studio, leading many to believe the move was made, in part, to get Smith to star.

This would be the riskiest role of Smith's career, though, if he takes it on. The actor is real careful about the roles he takes on as of late, bouncing between blockbuster action, blockbuster comedy and intimate, family-friendly drama. Starring in a rough, tough and filthy Quentin Tarantino revenge picture about a slave who exacts revenge upon a plantation owner could change the way people look at Smith as an actor. But is Smith ready to take that plunge, especially as he continues to launch the careers of his two kids, Jaden and Willow?

What do you think? Should he do it?

[via Deadline]

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