Wes Anderson’s ‘Fantastic Fox’ Script Leaks

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The (alleged) script for The Fantastic Mr. Fox (March 2007 edit) has been floating around. There was also an (alleged) script for The Darjeeling Limited (at natalieportman.com no less), which has been removed. I have no sense of how developed these scripts are (or if they are legitimate). I don’t plan to post any of these on the site (for personal and legal reasons). There has been some discussion of this subject as of late on the forum.

The script for Wes Anderson‘s stop-motion animated film, “The Fantastic Mr. Fox,” has leaked. The follow-up to the-not-yet-released, “The Darjeeling Limited, ” Anderson and ‘Life Aquatic’ c0-writer, Noah Baumbach adapted the script from the original Roald Dahl children’s novel. George Clooney and Cate Blanchett will voice the lead characters and rumors have it that Anjelica Huston and Jason Schwartzman will join the cast. Celebrated animator Henry Selick, apparently the real force behind “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” was scheduled to work on the film, but has allegedly moved on to other projects (namely Neil Gaiman’s “Coraline”).

URL: The Playlist blog (story)*

I really hope that the news about Henry Selick isn’t true (he is still listed as part of the project at IMDB.com). We, of course, recommend that you read the ‘fantastic’ Roald Dahl book:


* Rodrigo also notes on his blog that Noah Baumbach’s forthcoming (October 12th) Margot at the Wedding will star Jack Black, Nicole Kidman, John Turturro, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

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Wes/Bob Yeoman as one of the ‘Great Cinematographer-Director Relationships’ & a tidbit on Robyn Cohen

A really interesting article at Daily Film Dose (a great site, by the way) lists the Anderson-Yeoman collaboration as one of the ‘great cinematographer-director relationships’:

Yeoman and Anderson’s films are so distinct, one frame of one of their films is immediately distinguishable as their own. They love their wideangle, anamorphic frames, extremely overcranked slo-mo and lush saturated colours. Look for “The Darjeeling Limited” hopefully later this year.

URL: the article at Daily Film Dose

One other tidbit…

Robyn Cohen (The Life Aquatic) is the star of a new direct-to-Internet feature length film, called Zzyzx (Zi-zux). The concept is interesting (I haven’t checked out the film yet, though. Post your comments if you have.).

URL: Story about the film in the Sun Chronicle
URL: Film site

Wes Anderson American Express commercial wins AICP award

Just a little tidbit…

The Association of Independent Commercial Producers has named Ogilvy & Mather’s “Wes Anderson” for American Express the best commercial of 2006.

URL: Read about the awards in AdWeek.
URL: Watch the video at YouTube.

Chuck Dugan is Awol: A Novel with Maps

A late note about a not-so-recent book (one released in April 2005, actually). But, I feel guilty. And, I just found out. Eric Chase Anderson wrote and illustrated a book called Chuck Dugan is Awol. It looks phenomenal. There has been some discussion of it over at the Yankee Racers board (go to the thread), but not nearly enough. So, buy this book, and let’s talk about it (and sorry for being so out of the loop).


(buy it from Amazon through this link and support the site)

The Visual Art of Mark Mothersbaugh

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Recent article: “The Visual Art of Mark Mothersbaugh”

Update: a great website w/ galleries — the visual art of mark mothersbaugh

Clooney and Blanchett a couple of foxes?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, George Clooney and Cate Blanchett are in talks to provide their vocal talents to Wes Anderson’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox as Mr. and Mrs. Fox, respectively. Wes is currently editing The Darjeeling Limited in New York, and he will go to London to film Mr. Fox when he is finished.

More at Coming Soon.

A few recent articles.

Owen Wilson on Exhibit After Filming in India, Dallas Morning News

Hollywood’s tryst with Udaipur, Business Standard

Pass the Peace, (Jason Schartzman), CHUD.com

Darjeeling Wraps Shooting in India

From India eNews.com

Hollywood stars Owen Wilson and Adrian Brody have completed the last leg of shooting schedule for the Darjeeling Limited in this city of palaces and lakes known as the Venice of the East.

The Academy Award-nominated American actor-writer along with co-stars Broody and Jason Schwartzman are had landed here Jan 17 and spent about eight hours every day shooting for the India-centric film. The stars and the film unit are expected to leave for home later Tuesday.

Also Bill Murray will be a guest on tonight’s episode of The Late Show with David Letterman. Bill will help Dave celebrate his 25th year on late night television. I will try and get a video up if he mentions anything related, and post it here for those who miss it.