We’ve been talking about Wes Anderson’s upcoming film “The French Dispatch” for months now. Unlike the films from Marvel Studios, there hasn’t been a whole lot of secrecy surrounding the project, as cast, plot, and possible Cannes premieres have all been leaked or speculated. In fact, the only thing we really didn’t know is the actual release date. Until now.
According to Searchlight, “The French Dispatch” will arrive in theaters on July 24. By my calculations, that means Wes Anderson fans only have to wait 177 days until they can see the filmmaker’s first live-action film since 2014’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” And yes, if you’re someone that’s lucky enough to take a trip to Cannes this spring, this just adds fuel to the fire that Anderson’s film will debut at the prestigious French festival.
Other than the release date, some of the behind-the-scenes details have been released, including the folks who joined Anderson in helping to craft the story for “The French Dispatch.” As we know, the script is written by the filmmaker, but similarly to “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Anderson had some help working on the story. Searchlight says that Anderson collaborated with Jason Schwartzman, Roman Coppola, and Hugo Guinness on the story for his upcoming film.
Schwartzman, Coppola, and Guinness have all collaborated quite extensively with Anderson in the past, but this marks one of the first occasions that the story includes all three of them along with the filmmaker. Guinness helped craft the story for ‘Grand Budapest.’ Coppola has helped with scripts for films such as “Isle of Dogs,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” and “The Darjeeling Limited.” And Schwartzman…well, we probably don’t even have time to list all the collaborations between him and Anderson.
As has been teased for months, “The French Dispatch” will feature a “collection of stories from the final issues of an American magazine published in a fictional 20th-century French city.”
“The French Dispatch” hits theaters on July 24.