2021 is already looking better than the present year with news that director Wes Anderson will begin to work on a new film in the Spring of next year according to a recent listing in Production Weekly.
It would appear that the French Dispatch isn't the only Anderson work set to be on the table next year. The French Dispatch was rescheduled for release on October 16, 2020 after being pulled from the schedule on July 23, 2020. It is currently planned for a 2021 release, with speculations that the film may debut at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.
The French Dispatch, for those not up to speed, follows several staff of a European media publication who decide to publish a memorial which highlights three of the best stories from the last decade of publishing. The film has been widely anticipated mostly down to its all-star cast, which includes Timothée Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan, Tilda Swinton,Willem Dafoe, Léa Seydoux, Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Frances McDormand, Jeffrey Wright, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, and Owen Wilson.
As for the new film, little information is currently available. what we do know, is that it will reportedly be a romance set in Rome, which will likely present as a kitschy dreamscape that might even rival the Call Me By Your Name optics (forgive me, Luca). In addition, Discussing Film has reported that the casting for the film's leads have already commenced and that it has been billed as a live-action project with potential for a few stop-motion animation scenes flown in, which will be interesting to witness if reports are correct.
Anderson’s own production company American Empirical Pictures, is clearly on board to produce the film alongside Steven M Rales and Jeremy Dawson who will additionally produce the film through Indian Paintbrush with talks that Searchlight Pictures will pick up the film for distribution.
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