Paul Thomas Anderson returning to familiar territory for new film

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Eight-time Oscar nominated director Paul Thomas Anderson is revisiting a familiar creative wellspring for his next film.

Paul Thomas Anderson is undoubtedly one of the most celebrated filmmakers working in Hollywood today. Sporting more award nominations than we’ve had hot dinners, Anderson’s last film, Phantom Thread, not only saw venerable actor Daniel Day Lewis (also some sort of awards magnet) elect to close out his impressive career by reuniting with Anderson, but also saw the filmmaker shooting in London, working outside of America for the first time.

Not so for Anderson’s follow up film.

Deadline is reporting that the director’s next project will see him return to familiar eras and locations, namely the San Fernando Valley area of California in the 1970s. Anderson’s previous movies, Magnolia, Boogie Nights and Punch Drunk Love were all set in the same locale, although only Boogie Nights was set during that era. It’s a time period that Anderson has returned to with success though, with 2014’s Inherent Vice also being set in the valley area during the same seventies.

Anderson’s new film charts the fortunes of a high school student who is also a child actor. With casting set to follow soon, we’ll have more news as it comes.

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