Prolific director Wes Anderson seems to be in fast-paced film mode of late. The filmmaker premiered two films back to back in Cannes namely the comedy-drama anthology The French Dispatch in 2022 and a period sci-fi multistarrer Asteroid City in 2023. Apart from these two films, Anderson will also release a short film on Netflix later this year titled The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, based on a story by Roald Dahl.
Despite having a whole lot on his plate, the Isle of Dogs director is not about to take a break. Anderson is already ready with the script of his next film which will feature a collaboration with another Marvel star, after Scarlett Johansson in Asteroid City.
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Wes Anderson Will Reunite With Benicio Del Toro For Next Film
Wes Anderson and Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro will collaborate once more after their anthology film The French Dispatch. While the film is yet to be given a title, Anderson was close-lipped about the project which is still in a very nascent stage. The director though gave a few hints about what kind of a film it would be and said,
“My next feature film will be linear, with Benicio Del Toro in every shot. I can’t tell you much more than that except that it will be about espionage, a father-daughter relationship, and, let’s say, with a rather dark tone.”
Wes Anderson also hinted that this film with Del Toro will be more straightforward and family-centric than his recent projects which have been metaphorical and complex in their themes. He also added that while he went with a significantly grittier tone when scripting, the end product may not turn out as dark.
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Wes Anderson’s Journey With Roald Dahl’s Story
Among the many projects that Wes Anderson has in the pipeline, his adaptation of author Roald Dahl’s The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar is a film to look forward to. Set to stream directly on Netflix, the film starring big names like Benedict Cumberbatch and Ralph Fiennes, is only 37 minutes long and has been a long-term plan for Anderson to make. Speaking of how the project was taken up by Netflix, Anderson said,
“I knew what I liked in the story was the writing of it, Dahl’s words. I couldn’t find the answer, and then suddenly I did. It’s not a feature film. It’s like 37 minutes or something. But by the time I was ready to do it, the Dahl family no longer had the rights at all. They had sold the whole deal to Netflix.”
The Asteroid City director went on to add that the short film format was the perfect way to envision Roald Dahl’s narrative and writing style, which lends itself to precise and beautifully descriptive visuals.