INHERENT VICE is an upcoming crime drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, The Master), based on the novel Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon. It is the seventh feature from Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel.
Set to premiere as the centerpiece at the 2014 New York Film Festival, the film stars Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Jena Malone, Joanna Newsom, and Benicio del Toro.
When private eye Doc Sportello’s ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a looney bin… well, easy for her to say. It’s the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” that’s being way too overused – except this one usually leads to trouble. With a cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, LAPD Detectives, a tenor sax player working undercover, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists… Part surf noir, part psychedelic romp – all Thomas Pynchon.