I've noticed, PTA has been building a sense of development in his films, when looked at in order of time. TWBB (1880's-1920's), The Master (1950's), IV (1970's), BN (1970's-1980's), Hard Eight, Magnolia (1990's), PDL (2000's). For example, the role of women. In TWBB, there are no prominent female characters other than, kinda, H.W's wife. Then in The Master the role they play is increased, but still never fully stable or achieved, like the sandwoman. Then in Inherent Vice and Boogie Nights the role is increased even more, making their existence even more important and vital to the characters and to the story. Hard Eight and Magnolia both then each end with a relationship between a man and a woman forming. Then finally with PDL, it kinda concludes with true love being reached between two equals.
The same could be said about the introduction of different races. In TWBB everyone is white, The Master has a few characters of different ethnicity. Inherent Vice deals with the problem of racism towards the second half of the 20th century etc. Then you can see for yourself how that all develops in Boogie Nights, Hard Eight, Magnolia and PDL. What I'm saying is that PTA has built a proper sense of development in terms of time in his filmography. There are loads more examples, I only mentioned two kinda weak ones, but I'm sure u get the picture.
What I'm wondering is, what part of it will he choose to expand in his 8th film. Inherent Vice it seems will bridge The Master (early 50's) into Boogie Nights (begins late 70's). The film of his that's most in the future is PDL, so maybe he could do a film further along time, could be present day or some crazy sci fi. Or maybe pre-TWBB, some historical or biblical epic or somethin. Like will he do another film to bridge, like maybe something in the late 80's, or will he work to extend into the past or future...
What can u most see him doing?
I would love to see him go somewhere mad into the future, as TWBB works pretty perfectly as the "beginning" to the timeline.