by Eugene Hernandez (December 24, 2007)

Sitting down with indieWIRE earlier this month in New York City for a one-on-one conversation about “There Will Be Blood,” the exceptional new film that dominated iW’s 2007 film critics’ poll, American auteur Paul Thomas Anderson caught a first glimpse of Upton Sinclair’s re-issued 1920s novel, “Oil!” resting on a small table nearby. Examining the book’s cover, he groused briefly about the need to place an image of Daniel Day-Lewis on the front of the book, explaining that he had intially hoped the promotional item could be re-released with that same simple cover that first caught his eye in a London bookstore years ago. Picking up the book back in Britain started him on the long journey to making his epic new film.

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