While directors like Wes Anderson may not be incredibly mainstream in their appeal, there’s no denying that they bring something unique to the medium. Anderson’s visual style is iconic and distinctly his own, and the writing dry, clever, and memorable. In an era of blockbusters and superhero films, his movies are a breath of fresh air to those in search of something different.
If you can believe it, it’s already been two years since Anderson has come out with a movie. 2014 saw the release of Grand Budapest Hotel, a film that went on to win four of the nine Oscars for which it was nominated, making it his most decorated film of his career. Hardcore fans of his work are always looking forward to whatever the filmmaker is working on next, but given the performance of his last piece, there is a definite amount of pressure going into it.
So what is the project? Well, last year it was revealed that his next movie would be a stop-motion animated film focusing on dogs, and speaking with GQ (via The Playlist), Anderson revealed that he was already hard at work on it:
“I’ve got an animated movie I’m doing that’s happening across the room from me right now. So I can see a long list of e-mails from people on the set whom I now need to address.”
This isn’t Anderson’s first foray into animation. Back in 2009, he made Fantastic Mr. Fox, an adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl novel of the same name. While the film was fairly faithful to the source material, there was no denying that Anderson’s style was still front and center. The shots were very much composed like his live-action films, the dialogue was crisp and dry, and the animation was purposely rough and wonky, giving it a more handmade feel.
Obviously, we can’t assume that this currently-untitled animated movie will have a similar style and feel, but Anderson has never been one to stray too far from his own sensibilities, so I imagine there would be decent amount of crossover in terms of his approach and the end product.
The Playlist speculates the flick will hit sometime in 2017, but that hasn’t been confirmed just yet. Either way, it’s probably safe to say that Anderson’s film will likely hit within the next two years, which is great news.
Wes Anderson’s currently-untitled animated film stars Jeff Goldblum, Bob Balaban, Edward Norton, and Bryan Cranston.
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