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Paul Thomas Anderson directing Teen Titans? Why not!

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Jan 18, 2018

Paul Thomas Anderson is known for his occasionally odd choice of projects  — exhibit A, see Punch Drunk Love and his brief reinvention of Adam Sandler as a dramatic actor.

But when taking part in a Twitter version of a Reddit Q&A Wednesday on the Phantom Thread's official Twitter account, PTA couldn't resist throwing his rabid fan base for a loop when asked what children's film he'd consider making for his own kids.

From the director of such cinematic masterpieces as Boogie Nights, Magnolia and There Will Be Blood comes… Teen Titans?!

Teen Titans, which followed the adventures of a young Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Raven, and Beast Boy based on the DC comics characters, premiered in 2003 on Kids' WB and the Cartoon Network. The animated series proved to be so popular that it ran for five seasons and culminated in a TV movie, Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo and subsequently spawned a spinoff, Teen Titans Go! in 2013 and has lived on through reruns on the Cartoon Network.

A big-screen version has yet to be made, however. But now that Anderson is done with his latest film, the critically acclaimed Phantom Thread, which features Daniel Day-Lewis' swan-song performance before he officially retires, a Teen Titans live-action epic just might be what the director goes for — unless he opts for Paddington 3, that is.

When also quizzed on whether he likes those series of animated movies, the filmmaker gave a big thumbs up to the first entry.