Paul Thomas Anderson Wants To Make A Full-Blown Comedy

When I think of who could helm an “Airplane!­-like comedy,” my first impulse is definitely “Paul Thomas Anderson!” OK, maybe not, but according to an interview with Moviehole via The Film StageThe Master director actually does want to a make a proper comedy someday soon:

“I’d like to make a film like Airplane!. That never gets old. Or Ted. It was a big hit. Why? Because It’s great. Movies that are that big a hit are never f*cking bad. I mean, there’s no such… You know, people aren’t that stupid, that movie’s a hit because it’s hilarious. I hope [Seth MacFarlane] makes another film.”

Although we do not quite associate Paul Thomas Anderson with “full-blown comedy” a la Ted, it’s not such a far-fetched idea. His partner is Bridesmaids star and SNL alum Maya Rudolph, so he must have a sense of humor. What’s more, he plans to infuse a good bit of Cheech and Chong into his upcoming adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice, itself a prestigious but definitely funny stoner novel.

Anderson’s track record may not be in the comic vein – unless you found the very end of There Will Be Blood a laugh-riot – but there’s nothing to say that a director cannot branch out. Certainly a Paul Thomas Anderson remake of Airplane! is not yet in the offing, but who’s to say it wouldn’t be awesome? Stranger things have happened.

So what do you think? Would a PT Anderson comedy bring you into the cinema?

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