Paul Thomas Anderson, director of Magnolia and Boogie Nights, is set to start shooting a movie about a science fiction author who founds a religion. Called his "untitled Scientology film," it will star Philip Seymour Hoffman as the "master."
This movie, nicknamed The Master by fans, has been in the works for a while and has had a number of cool actors attached. But now the Cigarettes and Red Vines blog has gotten confirmation from Anderson himself that the movie starts shooting soon. Anybody who has seen Magnolia - with that scene where the motivational speaker character screams, "RESPECT the COCK!" - knows that Anderson's the right director to do this thing.
The Playlist got its hands on an early script for the movie, and reports:
"The Master" is the story of a charismatic intellectual (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who hatches a faith-based organization that begins to catch on in America in 1952 called The Cause. The core dynamic centers on the relationship between The Master and Freddie Sutton, (would be absolutely perfect for Paul Dano) an aimless twenty-something drifter and alcoholic who eventually becomes the leader's loyal lieutenant. As the faith begins to gain a fervent following, Freddie finds himself questioning the belief system he has embraced, and his mentor.
Apparently there are enough parallels between the life story of L. Ron Hubbard and the "master" character to make it abundantly obvious what this movie is about. Even though, for legal reasons, you won't hear the S-word mentioned.