Exciting news for Wes Anderson fans. Searchlight Pictures today announced that his latest feature “The French Dispatch” will be released on July 24, 2020, according to Deadline.
The comedy-drama will center around a collection of short stories from the final issue of an American newspaper, set in a fictional 20th-century French city. The film, produced by Indian Paintbrush, has the kind of star-studded cast that has become associated with Wes Anderson films, featuring several of his long-time collaborators.
Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, and Adrien Brody are among the faces returning once more to work with Anderson. Other cast members include Benicio Del Toro, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Jeffrey Wright, and Timothee Chalamet. Such a high profile cast has led to expectations and belief that this will match the quality of Anderson’s other work. Academy Award nominee Robert Yeoman also returns as the cinematographer.
Anderson is also producing the film, alongside Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson.
“The French Dispatch” will be Anderson’s first film since “Isle of Dogs.” He comes off a very successful decade which saw him receive his first Best Director nomination for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” which was also his first Best Picture nominee. It also took the Golden Globe for Best Comedy/Musical, beating eventual Best Picture winner “Birdman.” He was also nominated for “Moonrise Kingdom” earlier in the decade, but lost Original Screenplay to Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained.”
The summer release is no surprise, with Anderson’s films typically being released in the first half of the year as opposed to being distributed in the more awards-friendly months toward the end. This strategy has not affected Anderson on the awards circuit previously.
“The French Dispatch” won’t be the only release that weekend. It will be competing with Disney’s “Jungle Cruise” starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, based on Disneyland’s theme park ride. Whilst the former is more likely to make a splash with awards, “Jungle Cruise” has the potential to be a big box office hit, especially with the names attached to it.