Now that we can finally and securely anticipate the premiere of Wes Anderson's The French Dispatch - his latest film which famously was put on hold from releasing due to COVID-19's grip on the world in 2020 and onwards - which will take place at Cannes Film Festival in July 2021, it looks like Anderson is ready to tackle his next project already. And what was rumoured to be a romance filming in Rome, Italy, this spring, has now been reported by El Pais to be filming in Chinchón, Spain, this summer.
It has been reported that sets for Anderson’s untitled project are underway in terms of building, and can be seen on the outskirts of the town, which is located in south east Madrid, ready for shooting across July, August, and September, reports El Pais. Reportedly, what can be seen from the distance, is the set including a mock train station and landscapes synonymous of a classic Western film, despite there being no word of that being the official genre of the film. According to the mayor of the small Spanish town, Francisco Javier Martínez, the production is “very important for the city. It is true that we have been the usual location for numerous filming, but that a great American production disembarks here for many months gives us life, category and publicity,” Martínez told the Spanish newspaper. “We have mediated negotiations with the Parador, the hotels, the rural houses... They are going to take over everything. The theatre will be their centre of operations and they will even be able to shoot there, ” he went on to explain.
With details about the film itself firmly under wraps, it leaves us to wonder if this is the same romance film Wes Anderson was slated to direct in Rome this year, or if he's tacked on another project to add to his European tour.
For now, all we have is speculation, and the sweet promise of The French Dispatch around the corner. Stay tuned for updates.