Nearly the top of Cinephile’s highly anticipated 2020 films was Wes Andersons The French shipping. The pandemic, which will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and hit theaters last summer, has been postponed to a fall release until Disney / Searchlight have completely removed it from their calendar and confirmed it won’t arrive until 2021, COVID-19 has made the world wait a little longer to see his star-filled adventure. It looks like the director himself is busy.
Wes Anderson is now waiting for a spring shoot for his next feature film. The word first appeared in a Producton Weekly Listing about two weeks ago and we waited to see more details before reporting. More confirmation has now been received. First the Italian journalist Gianmaria Tammaro has revealed that a shoot in Rome is planned for the project. Then DiscussingFilm stepped in to confirm the casting is already underway and the plot at the center of the film will be a romance. The American Empirical Pictures and Indian Paintbrush production will be live action, with the word that there may be a few stop-motion animated sequences mixed in.
While no further details are available yet, Anderson has expressed his love for Italian cinema many times and even designed a cafe in Milan as well as a short film for Prada in the country, see below. A few years ago he announced plans for a multi-episode stop-motion project based on Vittorio De Sica’s six-part anthology picture from 1954 The gold of Naples.
While this De Sica-inspired project never got off the ground, he also discussed two other Italian writers who had a huge impact on his work. “Antonioni, the first I might have seen was Avventura. And that was a huge international phenomenon, ”said Anderson said. “When I was 19 and I had the idea to make films, suddenly you find this Italian director, Fellini – the style [and] his voice [are] as strong as anyone in all of the history of cinema. But … it’s a strange voice. It’s such an invention that there is [became] less surprising than I saw Avventura, Where [the voice] is so striking and such a break with the tradition of the previous film. My immediate reaction was, I want to be like that. I want to try to do what he does. “
Will he be relying on any of the above to influence the next feature? Only time will tell. So check back when we get more information. If Wes Anderson actually does this film next year and it arrives by 2022, this would be by far the fastest film for the director, the next turnaround Moonrise Kingdom in June 2012 to The Grand Budapest Hotel in March 2014.
As we wait for more details on both of Wes Anderson’s upcoming films, check out the trailer that is sure to arrive first, hopefully in Cannes – this time in real time.