The Master, “Dark Shadows” Set Dates

Acclaimed director Paul Thomas Anderson (“There Will Be Blood”) spoke with Cigarettes and Red Vines (via Slashfilm) last week and confirmed that his next project, “The Master”, is “set to shoot sometime next month”.

Philip Seymour Hoffman stars in the story of a man who creates a ‘faith-based organization’ that blossoms into an empire in the 1950s. This has lead to talk of the film being a rather thinly disguised swipe at Scientology.

At last report Universal Pictures had passed on the project due to the film’s $35 million price tag. Now it sounds like someone else has stepped into the fold, who though is not clear.

Meanwhile a January start date has been announced for Tim Burton’s film adaptation of the classic gothic soap “Dark Shadows” reports Deadline.

“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” novelist Seth Grahame-Smith has signed on to write the script while Burton and Timur Bekmambetov remain attached to produce.

John August was previously attached to pen the script while Johnny Depp is still likely to be involved.