While the rest of America drools over the Spiderman 3 and Simpsons trailers (whatev), I’ve been tracking the progress of P.T. Anderson’s (Boogie Nights, Punch Drunk Love) latest film, “There Will Be Blood.” Slated to open in October/November 2007 (gawwdaaamn so far away), “There Will Be Blood” is loosely adapted from Upton Sinclair’s 1927 novel, “Oil!”
I had never heard of this novel until a few years ago when – randomly bored and in search of something to read that had nothing to do with Russia – I raided my brother’s bookshelf for some literature. When I came across “Oil!”, I was like, hey, a book about my two favorite topics – oil and California! The novel focuses on “Bunny” Ross, a young man who is increasingly torn between a sense of loyalty to his oil baron father and his growing sympathy with the striking workers in his father’s SoCal oil fields. Sinclair seamlessly weaves a multitude of themes within this novel: the SoCal oil boom, big business and government corruption, evangelism, and the influence of the Russian revolution on American labor unions. This was a hard book to put down, and I’d definitely place it on my top ten list.
Anderson is a great director and it seems like he is truly passionate about this project, so I’m excited to see how he adapts one of my favorite novels (and plus, is that not one of the coolest movie names ever?). Only six months to go…
Yeah, I’ll be camping outside the theatre the night before it opens (obv, there will be a huge line)…just like those Star Wars geeks, dressed up as….wait, WTF would you dress up as for this movie?