PT Anderson Possibly on ‘Power Play’

Paul Thomas Anderson may make a Power Play

Word around the campfire is that Jack Nicholson is attached to what is possibly Paul Thomas Anderson’s next film, Power Play, a story about a Native American casino owner who takes on his Las Vegas rivals. There is no official word on this, though.

The potential film’s original story comes from a novella written by the editor-in-chief of Variety, Peter Bart. In 1998, Paramount Pictures acquired the rights to Bart’s novella for producer Robert Evans to develop. During this time, Bart became the subject of harsh criticism when he was accused of writing the 86-page novella for the sole purpose of selling a screenplay, as a way to get around a rule that prohibits Variety reporters from selling screenplays while on the job. Variety reported that the novella was submitted to Paramount under a pseudonym to avoid a conflict of interest. Considering Bart once worked with Robert Evans at Paramount Pictures, I can certainly see where there might be a conflict of interest.

However, regardless of the controversy involving the story, if this is truly Anderson’s next film, I am already excited about it. Not because of it’s plot involving casinos, or Native Americans, or that courtside lunatic from Lakers games, but because it’s PT Anderson. Whatever he delivers next, I expect to be gold. Although, since all of this is 100% rumor, there is a good chance it will never happen.

Source: Cigarettes and Redvines

David is a native Californian now living in North Texas, where he attends college. David was introduced to movies at way too young of an age, and has been engrossed, obsessed, and desensitized ever since. He enjoys writing and watching movies, and after covering the 38th USA Film Festival in Dallas for "Park Cities Magazine", he figured combining the two might be a good idea. He generally uses the "5 Movies You Would Want With You on a Desert Island" question as a way to start conversations with women. However, since his are Ghostbusters, The Godfather Part II, There Will Be Blood, The Big Lebowski, and Bullitt, the conversations never really go very far. He's still hoping for the day that he meets the woman who would take Bullitt to the island.

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