Wes Anderson Might Make Another Stop-Motion Animated Movie
We're still basking in the afterglow of Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' (which, by the way, is available now to rent if you missed it in theaters), but everyone's favorite director of extremely well-centered movies is already working on a follow-up. Previously, Anderson talked obliquely about developing a new screenplay with Roman Coppola, his co-writer on 'The Darjeeling Limited' and 'Moonrise Kingdom,' but at an appearance at the Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival, Anderson offered a few additional specifics, and, most importantly, suggested it could be another stop-motion animated feature, like his beloved 2009 movie, 'Fantastic Mr. Fox.'
The Playlist relayed the pertinent details. In addition to the stop-motion component, Anderson's next movie might be loosely inspired by 'The Gold of Naples,' an anthology film about the Italian city of Naples by neorealist director Vittorio De Sica ('Bicycle Thieves'). According to Wikipedia (which is never wrong), De Sica's film is comprised of six segments, each about a different Neopolitan resident.
Anderson didn't reveal what theme or location his loosely-connected shorts might be organized around, but the prospect of a Wes Anderson anthology is an intriguing one. Many of his movies feel like really rich short stories; 'Grand Budapest Hotel' was almost a series of nested short stories set inside one another. Taking Anderson's literary flavor in another direction (and bringing back the stop-motion animation style of 'Fantastic Mr. Fox') sounds very exciting. But this whole De Sica-inspired project is still considered a "might"; it could fail to come together for a variety of reasons and Anderson could wind up making something else instead, like a heartfelt, intricately detailed, and extremely well-centered remake of the 1988 'E.T.' ripoff 'Mac and Me.' At this point, we just don't know.