Paul Thomas Anderson
has begun working on his follow-up to the Oscar-winning "There Will Be Blood," another dark take on the role of faith and religion on the American landscape.
According to Variety
, Anderson is reteaming with frequent collaborator Philip Seymour Hoffman
on the drama, which is tentatively set up at Universal.
Hoffman will play The Master, a "charismatic intellectual" who launches his own faith-based organization in 1952. The movie revolves around the conflict between The Master and Freddie, his young lieutenant who begins to have doubts about the movement.
The film will have a $35 million budget, with Universal having first rights to the project when Anderson turns in a completed script. The trade paper says that Anderson hopes to shoot the new movie next year.
Hoffman has worked with Anderson on "Boogie Nights," "Hard Eight," Punch-Drunk Love" and "Magnolia" in the past. The "Capote" Oscar winner can currently be seen in the comedy "Pirate Radio."