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Focus Features picks up the rights to Wes Anderson's next

05.03.2011

I know there are a lot of people who have given up on Wes Anderson as a director. Their complaints are almost always, "His movies are all the same." Visually, that's just his style and that'll never change. I understand the critique that the "daddy issues" seem shoehorned into each film but beyond that, I'm still enjoying the work on Anderson and look forward to what he's doing next.

What he's doing next in MOONRISE KINGDOM, a project that just began filming and was picked up by Focus Features for release. After Anderson's deal with Disney ran out following THE LIFE AQUATIC, the director signed with Fox Searchlight and released two pictures - THE DARJEELING LIMITED and FANTASTIC MR. FOX. Now he's off to another indie studio that seems very much in-tune to what Anderson is doing.

MOONRISE stars Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Ed Norton alongside traditional Anderson staples Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman. The film, based on a script Anderson wrote with Roman Coppola, follows a young boy and girl in 1960s New England who fall in love and run away together. The entire town sets off on a search to find the kids and (wait for it...) in the process, find themselves (cue: trailer music).

No word yet on when MOONRISE might hit theaters but it looks as if it's something that could make it in time for this November or December should Focus want to push for some Oscar consideration.

Source: JoBlo.com

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1:07AM on 05/04/2011
Excited already. I can't think of one of his movies being bad. And I don't know anyone who doesn't like one of his movies. Great filmmaker!
Excited already. I can't think of one of his movies being bad. And I don't know anyone who doesn't like one of his movies. Great filmmaker!
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7:24PM on 05/03/2011
Meh.

Can Bruce do quirky? Maybe Wes will just throw an eye patch on him and give him a pet mongoose or something.
Meh.

Can Bruce do quirky? Maybe Wes will just throw an eye patch on him and give him a pet mongoose or something.
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10:27AM on 05/04/2011
EXACTLY! That's all he does!
EXACTLY! That's all he does!
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12:32PM on 05/03/2011
I'm always game for anything new from Anderson ever since Bottle Rocket to Fantastic Mr. Fox, I just hope Willis doesn't have that someone shit in my cheerios look the entire movie.
I'm always game for anything new from Anderson ever since Bottle Rocket to Fantastic Mr. Fox, I just hope Willis doesn't have that someone shit in my cheerios look the entire movie.
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11:33AM on 05/03/2011
Not sure about this Moonrise film but I've enjoyed all of Wes Anderson's films to this point and dont think he deserves the criticism he gets
Not sure about this Moonrise film but I've enjoyed all of Wes Anderson's films to this point and dont think he deserves the criticism he gets
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11:29AM on 05/03/2011
Wes Anderson is a great director and writer and I have enjoyed of all his films. All of them are different, unique, and original in their own way.

His first three films have been better than his last three, but his movies are still better than most movies out there.

Movie sounds really good and I can't wait to see Norton in this. Hopefully, this will somehow resurrect his career.

The Royal Tenenbaums is a masterpiece. Just so many wonderful, great things about the movie.
Wes Anderson is a great director and writer and I have enjoyed of all his films. All of them are different, unique, and original in their own way.

His first three films have been better than his last three, but his movies are still better than most movies out there.

Movie sounds really good and I can't wait to see Norton in this. Hopefully, this will somehow resurrect his career.

The Royal Tenenbaums is a masterpiece. Just so many wonderful, great things about the movie.
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11:20AM on 05/03/2011
I find his films hilarious. Life Aquatic.. is one of my top ten favorites and I wont go out of my way and say that they are too smart for you but if you're going to make a post on a film site that someone's work is too boring and then end it by telling all of their fans to "go fuck yourself" then yeah, they're probably too smart for you...
I find his films hilarious. Life Aquatic.. is one of my top ten favorites and I wont go out of my way and say that they are too smart for you but if you're going to make a post on a film site that someone's work is too boring and then end it by telling all of their fans to "go fuck yourself" then yeah, they're probably too smart for you...
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11:18AM on 05/03/2011
I like Anderson. I tend to enjoy his films in spite of themselves, and I actually loved "The Fantastic Mr. Fox." I still haven't seen "Darjeeling," and "The Life Acquatic" really pushed the limits. If it weren't Bill Murray playing him I'd have loathed Steve Zissou. But I think Tilda Swinton and Frances McDormand are tailor-made for a Wes Anderson movie, and Edward Norton should seem at home as well. Bruce Willis, I'm curious about, though he often finds the right way to underplay his
I like Anderson. I tend to enjoy his films in spite of themselves, and I actually loved "The Fantastic Mr. Fox." I still haven't seen "Darjeeling," and "The Life Acquatic" really pushed the limits. If it weren't Bill Murray playing him I'd have loathed Steve Zissou. But I think Tilda Swinton and Frances McDormand are tailor-made for a Wes Anderson movie, and Edward Norton should seem at home as well. Bruce Willis, I'm curious about, though he often finds the right way to underplay his characters. I'm not one who froths at the mouth in anticipation of his films, but I do usually get won over by their charms.
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11:02AM on 05/03/2011

Can I pleeeeeeeeeeeeeease

be allowed to drive up to Rhode Island and just be on set for a day? I don't want to be in it, I just want to watch. That's all.
be allowed to drive up to Rhode Island and just be on set for a day? I don't want to be in it, I just want to watch. That's all.
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10:47AM on 05/03/2011
His movies are hardly boring. Slow paced, sure, but I find myself always entertained.

One of the few directors with a style of his own.
His movies are hardly boring. Slow paced, sure, but I find myself always entertained.

One of the few directors with a style of his own.
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10:07AM on 05/03/2011

Can't wait

I, for one, can't wait for this. I enjoy all of Anderson's work and his style of humor. It's not a matter of getting the humor, it's just finding it enjoyable to watch. It's definitely not for everyone. He always puts together a great cast too, I'm looking forward to seeing Bill Murray, Ed Norton, and the Schwartzman together.
I, for one, can't wait for this. I enjoy all of Anderson's work and his style of humor. It's not a matter of getting the humor, it's just finding it enjoyable to watch. It's definitely not for everyone. He always puts together a great cast too, I'm looking forward to seeing Bill Murray, Ed Norton, and the Schwartzman together.
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9:41AM on 05/03/2011
Holy hell are his movies boring and self-indulgent beyond belief. And if you are one of the people who says "it's a 'smart' humor. you just don't get it," then go fuck yourself.
Holy hell are his movies boring and self-indulgent beyond belief. And if you are one of the people who says "it's a 'smart' humor. you just don't get it," then go fuck yourself.
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11:07AM on 05/03/2011
They're certainly not laugh out loud comedies, and they're definitely self-indulgent.

But there's something kind of fantastic about that.

*wink*
They're certainly not laugh out loud comedies, and they're definitely self-indulgent.

But there's something kind of fantastic about that.

*wink*
11:25AM on 05/03/2011
redjoe84 is a dumbass.
redjoe84 is a dumbass.
12:13PM on 05/03/2011
Don't worry, Hangover 2 is coming out soon, you'll be fine....
Don't worry, Hangover 2 is coming out soon, you'll be fine....
7:20PM on 05/03/2011
Don't worry Fury, your hipster glasses are in the mail. I actually don't mind some of his flicks, i just don't get the praise he gets. I definitely wouldn't call him a visionary or anything of the sort
Don't worry Fury, your hipster glasses are in the mail. I actually don't mind some of his flicks, i just don't get the praise he gets. I definitely wouldn't call him a visionary or anything of the sort
10:26AM on 05/04/2011
Maybe if I get a horizontally striped shirt, some skinny jeans, and non-prescription black-rimmed glasses to go with my Justin Bieber haricut, I would enjoy this guy more.

Soloist - you like EVERY movie discussed on this site, so get a life. Fury - Yes, I will enjoy Hangover 2.
Maybe if I get a horizontally striped shirt, some skinny jeans, and non-prescription black-rimmed glasses to go with my Justin Bieber haricut, I would enjoy this guy more.

Soloist - you like EVERY movie discussed on this site, so get a life. Fury - Yes, I will enjoy Hangover 2.
3:40AM on 05/05/2011
Still waitin' on my hipster glasses...
Still waitin' on my hipster glasses...
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