They co-financed the Coens' 'True Grit,' and they're the reason John Hillcoat's 'The Wettest County in the World' is finally getting made. But Megan's also tackling some moviedom for herself. She's fully financing Kathryn Bigelow's next film, and now she's looking to rescue Paul Thomas Anderson from the woes of funding.
Lately, things haven't been going well for the director of 'Boogie Nights,' 'Magnolia' and 'There Will Be Blood.' He had planned a new film called 'The Master,' which would see Philip Seymour Hoffman play a man who starts a faith-based organization in the '50s, and picks a lieutenant in a drifter played by Jeremy Renner. But the funding fell through, and Renner left the project. Anderson then moved on to the manic world of Thomas Pynchon, eager to bring 'Inherent Vice' to the screen, with Robert Downey Jr. potentially in the leading role.
And now Megan Ellison is looking to help. Vulture reports that she is in negotiations with Anderson to not only bankroll 'Vice,' but also to bring 'The Master' out of development hell.
Our fingers are crossed, because it's a sad day when not even the best of cinema can get a financial break. But the real star here is Ellison, who has damn fine taste in filmmakers.