Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘THE MASTER’ Gets OFFICIAL October Release Date

I thought this year’s movie releases were out of control, and then this happened. Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master  has a release date. I wasn’t expecting anything out of this flick during this calendar year, and that was only during the times when I actually believed it would ever see the light of day.

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There’s good news and bad news tonight. The potentially bad news is that the glut of commentors who  insistthat  Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming drama, “The Master” isn’t actually called that are wrong according to  Box Office Mojo. The good news,  as promised  by  Annapurna Pictures, the financiers and producers of the film, it has nabbed a October release date.

The Weinstein Company  has now officially set the drama for an October 12th bow. Could this mean an early appearance during the fall film festival? It’s completely possible. PTA’s “There Will Be Blood,” mostly skipped the fall film circuit in 2007, it did take an alternate route, appearing briefly at  Telluride  and  Fantastic Fest.

Starring  Philip Seymour Hoffman  and  Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master” is a 1950s-set drama centered on the relationship between a charismatic intellectual known as “the Master” (Hoffman) whose faith-based organization begins to catch on in America, and a young drifter who becomes his right-hand man (Phoenix). Scored by  Radiohead’s  Jonny Greenwood  and also featuring  Amy Adams, Laura Dern, Madisen Beaty  and  Jesse Plemons  (“Varsity Blues,” TV’s “Friday Night Lights”), while “The Master” was once touted as a “scientology” film — something the producers and distributors have since shied away from — what’s is more likely the case, like PTA’s adaptation of  Upton Sinclair’s “Oil!” for ‘Blood,’ he’s taken the  Ron L. Hubbard  story and used it as a similar launching pad to explore ideas of faith, hubris, and, based on the version of the script we read, megalomaniacal tendencies.

Let’s be clear. This year’s gluttonfest of movies is out of control. It’s so out of control that this onslaught of awesomeness may not just make the next few years seem boring in comparison, but it’s so stacked that it may actually detract from our enjoyment of all the releases.  Still though, this is fucking awesome.