Inherent Vice: The Movie?

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Probably not! But since none of Thomas Pynchon's other books have ever been turned into movies and because his new one, Inherent Vice, a 368-page detective novel, is the first of his whose plot could conceivably be condensed into a two-hour narrative, Penguin Press is excited by the prospect, reports the Wall Street Journal. CAA is handling Vice's film rights, which strongly implies that at least one person thinks somebody might buy them. We haven't read the book yet, but we would be excited to see some lucky actor get to play Leonard Loosemeat. [WSJ via Playlist]