A little light today, but still full of love. We’re in between movies and casting and we’re feeling the strain. Hopefully soon, we’ll hear more about the official cast and plot for #8, which starts filming in the fall. Until then, let’s get down to it:
The line-up for the Toronto International Film Festival was announced today, and with it the announcement of a new film from frequent Wes collaborator Noah Baumbach. The film is called Frances Ha and stars Greta Gerwig, who also co-wrote, as “a dancer who moves to New York City and becomes caught up in a whirlwind of flighty fair-weather friends, diminishing fortunes and career setbacks.” We’re big fans of Baumbach, and we can’t wait to see what he has up his sleeve here. To see more pictures from the film, head over to CriterionCast. No distributor yet, but we’re hoping Focus, who released Greenberg and Moonrise Kingdom will pick it up for the US.
Hello hello! Another Friday, another round-up. Many thanks to my compatriots for posting while I was away. This week brought us some exciting revelations regarding Movie #8, aka The Grand Budapest Hotel. We are thrilled, excited, and just beside ourselves with glee over this news and, as you’d expect, we’ll bring you all of the updates as they come. Now, onward!
(Above) ANTWRANGLER‘s flickr photostream once again has some excellent behind-the-scenes shots from Moonrise.
Deadline reports that Scott Rudin and Indian Paintbrush will produce Wes Anderson’s eighth film The Grand Budapest Hotel. This sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold HotelNo plot details yet, though if we had to guess, the film would involve a hotel of some sort. They also confirm earlier reports that Johnny Depp will have a role in the film. Looks like the film is shaping up pretty quickly, and we have to imagine that Moonrise Kingdom being such a hit certainly isn’t hurting things.
Wes Anderson recently offered his thoughts on Christopher Nolan and Dark Knight Rises to the UK’s Empire Online:
I enjoy Chris Nolan’s work in general, but I watched the Blu-Ray and it has a thing where you can go to any scene in the movie and go to the making of that. There’s nothing that has ever made me feel less like a professional than watching Chris Nolan’s group at work. The remote-control miniature cars. Just every technique. The rehearsal of flipping the semi-trailer end over end in the middle of the desert before they blow it up in Chicago… There’s one scene where a guy jumps off the top of a skyscraper — they rehearse the jump but for the actual thing they did it CG. ‘But for the rehearsal you did jump off the building?’ ‘We have it as a reference.’ Wow. Chris Nolan is quite great. My favourite is Memento, but I’d like to learn how to do these things.
The Village Voice’s 4Knots festival is today in New York City. Their poster brings to mind a certain Aquatic film.
Scouting the Moonrise Kingdom filming locations (no pun intended, or maybe intended. I don’t know about these things):
Finally, thanks to Gloria for her work on this weekly column (our condolences to her and her family). And sorry for ruining it by posting it a day late the one week that it is my job.
In the latest bit of speculative scraps, Twitch has learned about some well known actors Wes has supposedly reached out to for Movie #8. We quoth
While it’s hard to say what stage of the process each of these is at at the present, we are told that Anderson is approaching a cast of Johnny Depp, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jude Law, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe and Angela Lansbury to star in the film.
If this holds any salt, we can be sure that Wilson, Murray, Brody, Dafoe, Goldblum and Norton are on board given their history. The rest, particularly the last, will remain to be seen.
One week later and here we are again. News is slowing down, but the fan-art is speeding up. At this point, we’re in a lull, so we’ll take what we can get. There’s just never enough Anderson news for our liking.
As you may expect, around these parts we read a lot of interviews with Wes Anderson. (A lot of interviews.) But very few are worth posting here– the ground is covered, the same questions are asked, and there’s nothing really to report. However, Fast Co. Create’s recent interview with Wes was interesting because we finally got something new– an inside peek into his writing and directing process.
When asked about his writing process:
“[In writing the script], I want to make more than something you visualize, I want to make something you can sit there and read; you can experience the story.”
“I like to have a record of something I wrote out there,” says Anderson. Which is why he publishes his scripts. “I’m sure a lot of the people who buy it never read it because you read a few pages and say, ‘Yes, yes, oh yes, I remember all this stuff,’ and then you can kind of move on. But I just like to at least be able to say, ‘Well, it was published and it existed.’” So the Moonrise Kingdom script was recently put out as an e-book by Faber & Faber, [...] And he’s not exactly celebrating the e-book’s brisk sales. “I asked the guys at Faber, ‘How many have we sold?’ and they said, ‘We’ve already sold 100.’” Anderson pauses. “Oh, so, 100. In three months. Wow, that’s great. We’re doing great.”
Note to Rushmore Academicians: This is a call to action. Let’s help make Wes a little happier and all buy the ebook. For everyone we know.
The rest of the interview covers his decision to film in Rhode Island, set structure, storyboarding scenes, lessons learned from previous films, the challenges of working with young actors, and his musical selections. Again, it’s well worth a read.
And finally, some great news about Movie #8: they hope to start shooting by the end of the year. Read the full article at Fast Co. Create.
Yes, you read that right. Despite the fact that many of you are seeing Moonrise for the first time in theaters, MR is now available for preorder on Amazon. A release date hasn’t been set yet, but you can be the first on your block to add the film to your Wes Anderson collection. No word if the film will get a Criterion release, but you know we’ll stay on the trail.