Confirmation has arrived that Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis are collaborating on another picture. Details on the film are short, but we know it will be set in the fashion design world of the 1950s.
Anderson and Day-Lewis last teamed up for a little film called There Will Be Blood, the 2007 epic of American capitalism, religion and violence. Lewis hasn’t appeared on the big-screen since 2012’s Lincoln (his third Oscar win). Anderson’s last feature film was Inherent Vice, from 2014. In 2015, the director also made the documentary Junun, about musician Johnny Greenwood (Radiohead) and his work with Indian musicians in Rajastan.
Fashion design in the 1950s carries a certain logic in the ouvre of PTA, who has previously set his sprawling tales in communities that embrace drama and performance–pornography, religion, Los Angeles.
Vulture has leveled a guess as to who Day-Lewis will play: Charles James.
I admit this name means nothing to me. But as Vulture makes the case, it does make sense. “His was a life full of terrific drama, and like several other Anderson protagonists, James was a mercurial mastermind, a prodigy around whom an interesting adopted family formed.”
The film will be released by Universal and Focus Features, who won the rights after a bidding war with Fox, Deadline reports. Focus will cover the $35 Million dollar budget. Talent will be paid on the back-end, which is how you get three-time Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis in your 35 Million dollar film.
The Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Fashion Project will be released next year.