Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis are colaborating for another film, which is pretty much all this reporter needed to be there opening day. But the mystery around the project has been pretty compelling in and of itself.
The title has been made official: Phantom Thread.
Focus Features debuted their webpage for the film, which gives us scant tidbits of information beyond what we already knew. And that is, quite frankly, the best:
Continuing their creative collaboration following 2007’s There Will Be Blood, three-time Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis stars in Phantom Thread from Paul Thomas Anderson. The writer/director will once again explore a distinctive milieu of the 20th century. The new movie is a drama set in the couture world of 1950s London. The story illuminates the life behind the curtain of an uncompromising dressmaker commissioned by royalty and high society.
Don’t let this stodgy “synopsis” fool you, there will be more afoot here than just some royally-commissioned dressmaker.
Much of the hullabaloo surrounding this project was the announcement from Daniel Day-Lewis that this will be his final film before he retreats, once again, to Ireland. Presumably to make shoes, which was what he was doing when Martin Scorsese coaxed him out of retirement for Gangs of New York.
This website for Phantom Thread also means we might be getting a teaser or trailer some time soon, so stay tuned for more exciting updates.