Robert Downey Jr. Knows What ‘Inherent Vice’ Means

Paul Thomas Anderson's awkwardly-titled Thomas Pynchon adaptation is NOT a sequel to 'Miami Vice,' disappointing three people.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

Robert Downey Jr. Knows What 'Inherent Vice' Means

After clearing his schedule of mainstream, and probably ridiculously high-paying gigs like Oz, The Great and Powerful and Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, the Iron Man star has apparently gravitated towards a new project, adapted from a novel by the great and powerful literary recluse Thomas Pynchon. Awz, yeah Robert Downey Jr. would play a stoner detective who gets mixed up in a variety of mysteries in 1969 Los Angeles, including the Manson Family trials. Vulture had the original story, although that might also have been adapted from a novel by Thomas Pynchon.

Academy Award-nominated director Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood) will direct the detective piece, having adapted the screenplay while trying to drum up support for his religious cult movie The Master, which was set to star Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Jeremy Renner before financing fell through at Universal. Renner has now left the project, in which he would have starred as an alcoholic follower of a Scientology-esque religion founded by Hoffman, who apparently remains attached. Both films are looking to be independently financed by Megan Ellison, the billionaire heiress daughter of Oracle Corporation founder Larry Ellison. Megan Ellison has been turning heads lately after executive producing the hit Coen Bros. western True Grit, and will also produce The Road director John Hillcoat’s upcoming feature The Wettest County in the World.

Great, now we’re wondering when Paris Hilton’s going to throw money at a Confederacy of Dunces adaptation. Actually, maybe that wouldn’t be a bad idea. Unless she wanted to star…

CraveOnline will return with more billionaire heiress gossip – and, you know, movie news – as it gabs.