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on: June 10, 2008, 09:27:54 PM
P.T. Anderson Rumor Wheel Lands on ‘Power Play’
Source: Big Screen Little Screen

Unofficial but most trustworthy of P.T. Anderson fansites Cigarettes and Red Vines has trudged up some speculation that the Oscar nominated director may soon be heading up the Robert Evans produced, Las Vegas set drama, Power Play. Paramount picked up the rights for Power Play, written by Variety Editor-in-Chief Peter Bart, back in 1998. In this 10-year old piece in Variety (via SlashFilm) Evans mentioned that he had hopes of roping in Jack Nicholson for the project, and that Anderson had already expressed being “very excited about adapting and directing it.” Power Play focuses on the struggles between a Native American entrepreneur and the established Vegas moguls that see him as a threat to their gambling turf stronghold.

P.T. has already logged some screen time within the gambling culture with his modest debut feature Hard Eight (1996) set in Reno, but knowing that he has a propensity to jump around to entirely new themes from one film to the next - not to mention that 10 years and three Anderson films have passed since this project was first announced - makes you wonder about the chances that this one will come to fruition. Though at face value it’s certainly more plausible than that Metal Gear Solid rumor that lasted all of one weekend.

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Reply #1 on: June 10, 2008, 11:08:33 PM
I see three reasons to do this film. The first is to keep working with a project that would go into production soon. I imagine his There Will be Blood delays made him more open to these type of offers. The second is to adapt a screenplay which would be a new challenge for him and the third would be to work with Jack Nicholson. With all those things considered, I'm going to need more news reports until I believe this story. With his experience in casino films (Hard Eight) and epic modern stories (Boogie Nights, Magnolia), it just seems too easy to attach his name to this project.


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Reply #2 on: June 11, 2008, 10:06:48 AM
i don't believe this would ever happen.
Christopher Nolan's directive was clear to everyone in the cast and crew: Use CGI only as a last resort.


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Reply #3 on: June 11, 2008, 04:41:19 PM
the title is way too one-dimensional/hard eight/bruckheimerish to be a pta movie.

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Reply #4 on: June 19, 2008, 11:38:04 PM
I'm real dubious

1. I don't think he's ready to direct something he didn't write

2. I don't think Nicholson has any performances left in him that aren't just some variation of "jack being jack" ... I'd love to be wrong, but...