Details have been sparse so far about writer/director Wes Anderson's new period piece comedy-drama The Grand Budapest Hotel until today, but Screen Daily has a bunch of new details. Here's the plot:
The Grand Budapest Hotel tells of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle for an enormous family fortune and the slow and then sudden upheavals that transformed Europe during the first half of the 20th century.
In addition the enormous, previously-announced ensemble cast of Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton, Owen [...]
"The thing that most strongly made me want to do [Moonrise Kingdom] was remembering being a fifth grader sitting at a desk in my school and not really being able to focus on reality because of this girl two rows over and three desks up, and what a spell that put on me — being blindsided by that experience. It's just something that always stuck with me — and not having anything come of it at all — so I just wanted to make a story that was my fantasy of that age."
- Filmmaker Wes Anderson to Hitfix on how his childhood fantasies inspired him to make [...]
Ever since they first worked together on Rushmore way back in ‘98, Bill Murray has been a sort of good luck charm for director Wes Anderson, who hasn’t made a movie without Murray since. It’s no surprise that Murray just announced, in a recent Vulture profile, that he’s just been cast in Anderson’s new film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, which will be their seventh movie together and will see Murray starring alongside Johnny Depp and Jude Law, two newbies to The World of Wes Anderson. Hot on the heels of Anderson’s last movie, this summer’s critical and commercial hit Moonrise Kingdom, Budapest Hotel is set to start filming [...]
"A Raymond Chandler line I like is, 'She had a face like a bucket of mud.' Now that’s a very surreal idea, but it’s not flowery writing, it’s very straight. And I sort of feel that that’s one of the things too about Wes' writing. It’s very straight, it’s very direct, but also kind of surreal — the sentences are sort of turned around on themselves, and so I think that’s one thing. And I think that sort of lends to the humor of it, too. It’s like half a beginning of a sentence is funny, and the next half of it is whatever the opposite of funny is." — [...]
Considering that it did very well for itself again this past weekend, it seems like Moonrise Kingdom is poised to be a thing. Like a hipster Halloween costume for years to come level of a thing. And now Wes Anderson has told Comingsoon.net that Moonrise Kingdom, like The Darjeeling Limited, is getting a short film companion piece. He explained:
"[The character of Suzy has] a suitcase full of these young adult fantasy type novels… Sort of sci-fi/fantasy books. We had to invent them and give a little glimpse of each one. Different artists, most of whom very close to the filmmakers, were doing these. In fact, we have now [...]