Will Wes Anderson's 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' Debut At The Venice Film Festival?

As we noted in one of our fall film predix pieces, Wes Anderson’s fifth feature “The Darjeeling Limited” went to the Venice film festival instead of the Toronto International Film Festival in 2007, but that’s probably because ‘Limited’ was relatively artsier than Anderson’s usual fare.

Could the same thing happened for his upcoming animated picture, “Fantastic Mr.Fox,” starring the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray and many more Anderson semi-regulars like Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Willem Dafoe.

The translation is poor, but this Italian film blog, seems to be pretty certain that Anderson’s film is going to appear.

We had it rumored more than two months ago, and here is plain the truth. We are talking about the participation of Fantastic Mr. Fox, new film of Wes Anderson, to Venice 66.

Apparently the President of 20th Century Fox Italy, Osvaldo De Santis, also inadvertently leaked that Mia Nair’s “Amelia,” might be presented at the Festival of Rome (both are Fox Searchlight films so maybe this is all starting to make sense; surely in Italy they don’t delineate between Fox proper and Fox indie)

File under rumor for now if you want, but it does sound plausible. “Fantastic Mr. Fox” hits theaters in Italy on November 27 and November 13 in the U.S. The 2009 Venice Film Festival runs September 2nd to 12th 2009.