Fox Searchlight Acquires Wes Anderson’s ‘The French Dispatch’

Fox Searchlight has acquired Wes Anderson‘s next film, “The French Dispatch.” The studio just had its anticipated slate of festival premieres which included Terrence Malick’s WWll drama “A Hidden Life” and Taika Waititi’s anti-hate satire “Jojo Rabbit,” which won the Audience Award at Toronto International Film Festival.

According to Variety, Anderson’s new film is described as “a love letter to journalists,” where it takes place in the French offices of an American owned newspaper outlet. Anderson has been nominated seven times for an Academy Award, his most recent for the stop-motion “Isle of Dogs” which landed a nomination for Best Animated Feature. His other recognitions are for his films “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “The Royal Tenenbuams.”

On top of those nominations, Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” was nominated at the BAFTAs for the David Lean Award for Direction and for Best Animated Feature. The film won for Best Original Screenplay at the British awards ceremony.

Anderson on the set of “Fantastic Mr. Fox”

“We are excited to dive back into the unmistakable and entirely original world of Wes Anderson,” said Steve Gilula and Nancy Utley, Chairmen of Fox Searchlight Pictures.

The listed cast for “The French Dispatch” stars many familiar faces in Anderson’s films. The cast includes Benicio Del Toro, Frances McDormand, Jeffrey Wright, Adrien Brody, Timothée Chalamet, Léa Seydoux, Tilda Swinton, Mathieu Amalric, Lyna Khoudri, Stephen Park, Owen Wilson and Bill Murray.

“The French Dispatch” is set to release sometime in 2020. Anderson is producing the film along with Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson. Indian Paintbrush co-financed the feature.

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