Paul Thomas Anderson’s Next Movie Officially Titled Licorice Pizza

Legendary director Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming film, previously called Soggy Bottom, is now officially titled Licorice Pizza instead.

Lucky audiences across London and Los Angeles got a first glimpse at legendary director Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming film, now officially titled Licorice Pizza. Anderson, best known for creating film epics like Magnolia, Phantom Thread, and There Will Be Blood, first announced the project in 2019. Written and directed in association with the Ghoulardi Film Company, Licorice Pizza began filming in August 2020. Starring an A-list cast with the likes of Bradley Cooper, Maya Rudolph, Ben Stiller, and others, Licorice Pizza follows the story of a high school student becoming an actor in the 1970s after befriending a famous Hollywood director.


As reported by Collider, the auteur’s new movie is now Licorice Pizza, a reference to the popular Southern California-based record store chain. It’s certainly a big change from its working title, Soggy Bottom, which was initially revealed in November 2020. On September 9, 2021, it was confirmed that the film would be called Licorice Pizza instead. According to an earlier report, moviegoers attending screenings of classic films at select theaters in Los Angeles and London got to see some early footage for Licorice Pizza before the first trailer is released to the public.

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Paul Thomas Anderson on set

Shot entirely in 35mm film, Licorice Pizza is sure to be chock-full of dreamy 70s-era aesthetics reminiscent of Anderson’s beloved cult-classic, Boogie Nights. While little else is known about the film, moviegoers who caught the trailer shared that it featured David Bowie’s “Life on Mars” and confirmed not-yet-announced cast members Maya Rudolph and Tom Waits. Licorice Pizza also stars Cooper Hoffman, son of the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who headlined many of Anderson’s most memorable movies. With his signature ensemble cast, beautiful cinematography, and a killer 70s-inspired soundtrack, Licorice Pizza is sure to be another hit for the iconic director. Fans of Anderson’s work can head to theaters on November 26 for its limited release ahead of its wide release on December 25.

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Source: Collider

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