We usually cringe when we hear about film adaptations of great, difficult literary authors’ books. But we were actually intrigued to learn that There Will Be Blood director Paul Thomas Anderson is thinking about bringing Thomas Pynchon’s latest novel, Inherent Vice, to the big screen. Somehow, Anderson and Pynchon just seem right together. Hell, this just might work! And that got us thinking about other directors who seem born to adapt the work of certain writers. See who we paired up after the jump, and suggest your own matches in the comments.
Oscar Wilde and Todd Haynes
Wilde has actually already appeared in one of Haynes’ films: He was the sort of patron saint of the thinly veiled Bowie biopic Velvet Goldmine, showing up as a child in the beginning and then returning in the form of an heirloom brooch and some appropriated witticisms later on. And in his first feature, Poison, the filmmaker drew on another hero of gay lit, Jean Genet. Throughout his career, Haynes has shown an appreciation for glamorous, mysterious, and controversial characters, as well as lush art direction and strong dialog – all of which would be necessary to pull off Wilde.