Fresh off Inherent Vice, Paul Thomas Anderson will write and possibly direct a live-action version of Pinocchio for Warner Brothers … wait, what?!?
Apparently, Anderson is a buddy with Robert Downey Jr. who is set to play Geppetto; so somebody is cashing in a favour. Best explanation: Downey dropped out of Inherent Vice and was replaced by Joaquin Phoenix. Worst explanation: one of them knows where the bodies are buried. Maybe Anderson just wants to build his dream pool? He deserves it.
While hardcore Anderson fans cry “sellout”, it’s quite common for known filmmakers to have a screenplay smudge on their resume, albeit, most of these credits are early in their careers, but a screenwriting credit and payday nonetheless.
While the final product may not represent the filmmaker’s work on the script, with subsequent rewrites and the work of un-credited script doctors, it wasn’t an experience humiliating enough for them to use a pseudonym. Plus hindsight makes this exercise lot easier, so enjoy the seven filmmakers with dents in their resumes.
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