The rumors are true: Daniel Day-Lewis will be collaborating again with his There Will Be Blood director, Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia, The Master)! Unfortunately, this means every lead actor looking for some hardware in the 2018 awards season is going home empty handed.
According to the news reported by Deadline:
Universal and Focus Features won a worldwide rights auction for an untitled film… after a ferocious bidding battle with Fox Searchlight. The new PT Anderson picture is set in the fashion world in London in the 1950s, and the plan is to start production early next year and release it in late 2017.
So, not only is this for real happening, but it’s coming out next year! Excuse me while I squeal…
Focus Features has put out some amazing films (Lost in Translation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Dallas Buyers Club, The Danish Girl), and with this one said to be budgeted at $35 million, a substantial sum for this sort of deal, it only means they are hoping for more big things.
And who can blame them? The last time these two got together in 2007, Daniel Day-Lewis won his second Oscar for Best Actor for his performance as Daniel Plainview which, for my money, is one of the greatest of all-time (milkshakes haven’t trended so hard on Twitter since). He’s since won a third Best Actor Academy Award (a record) in 2012 for his role as Lincoln in the film by the same name directed by some dude named Spielberg.
Day-Lewis is not only the best actor of our generation but is arguably the best ever. He’s also pushing 60, and with his penchant for only selecting roles about once every six years you’ve got to think he’s excited for this project.
Are you looking forward to this as much as I am?