No one makes movies like Wes Anderson. So when the visual stylist announces a new project, fans turn their heads (in very pronounced, synchronous, slow motion way set to a 1960s folk song).
On Thursday, Fox Searchlight announced that the distributor (now a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company) had acquired worldwide rights to Anderson’s new film, The French Dispatch. The company previously released The Grand Budapest Hotel, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Darjeeling Limited, and last year’s Isle of Dogs.
According to a press release, The French Dispatch is “a love letter to journalists set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional 20th century French city, and brings to life a collection of stories published in The French Dispatch magazine.” Expect plenty of overhead shots of periodicals being turned page by page.
The cast for the film is stacked: Benicio Del Toro, Frances McDormand, Jeffrey Wright, Adrien Brody, Timothée Chalamet, Léa Seydoux, Tilda Swinton, Mathieu Amalric, Lyna Khoudri, Stephen Park, Owen Wilson, and Bill Murray will appear in the film, which is shooting now.
The French Dispatch will arrive in theaters in 2020. In the meantime, let’s watch Polygon pal Patrick Williams’ speculative short film “What if Wes Anderson directed X-Men?” Since the director is buddy buddy with Fox, and the current continuity that’s lasted 20 years is officially over, it’s not impossible! Technically!