Will Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master Arrive This Fall?

Official release plans haven't been revealed for Paul Thomas Anderson's mysterious untitled religious drama, known as The Master, which stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix and was reportedly filmed on 65mm. But while distributor The Weinstein Co. hasn't let slip potential release dates yet, producer/financier Megan Ellison dropped a hint on Twitter about a possible fall opening.

Responding to the PT Anderson fansite Cigarettes & Red Vines, Ellison (whose Annapurna Films financed the project) gave hope for a late 2012 debut.

If the October date lands it could potentially mean we'll see The Master debut at Cannes in May, where Punch-Drunk Love premiered before opening in October of 2002, or play Telluride/Toronto/NYFF right before release at the start of awards season. While one Tweet (and Anderson's film fest history) is awfully little to go on, it'd make sense if things shook out this way, but stay tuned for more as this phantom October date approaches.

[@meganeellison via Slashfilm]


  • AS says:

    Let's go for the Palme d'Or!

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  • Furious D says:

    Since this is the Weinstein Company we're talking about, my money's on a home video release in October, 2016.

    • ILDC says:

      I thought they only did that to bad movies.

      • Furious D says:

        If Harvey doesn't smell an Oscar, it will get dumped. Even if the reason it doesn't get nominated has nothing to do with the quality of the film.

      • S.T. VanAirsdale says:

        It basically depends on how much money they have in the bank as the scheduled release date approaches. Limited releases become even more limited, then they become pushed, then they become TBA... etc. etc.

        In any case, I can't wait for the Weinstein-standard MPAA ratings battle sure to ensue.

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