Let 2011 end as soon as possible, ’cause 2012 is bringing us Moonrise Kingdom. Wes Anderson’s latest movie, which is currently in post-production, is definitely something to look forward to. Packed with stars like Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman and Frances McDormand, a screenplay written by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola and yet another surreal and colourful direction by Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom is great news for all those dedicated fans of the director’s intelligent quirkiness.
The film is set in the 1960s and tells the story of a young couple that fall in love and run away from their New England town. However, as the escape prompts a long search led by the town leaders and the girl’s parents, the whole town is brought upside down. The director’s first live action film since The Darjeeling Limited in 2007, Wes Anderson is rumoured to have done it again. Filming began in Rhode Island in May 2011 and wrapped on the 28th of June 2011, and distribution is about to begin.
Another independently produced film in Anderson’s résumé, the movie’s worldwide rights and U.S. distribution were acquired by Focus Features while StudioCanal picked up the film for distribution in France. Although Fox Searchlight did a great job with Anderson’s previous two movies, the fact that Focus Features is distributing Moonrise Kingdom is particularly good news since they are more selective, they tend to favour quirky originality and have a great list of independent films in their résumé: Lost In Translation, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Greenberg.
Wes Anderson’s seventh film is produced by himself, Scott Rudin (also the producer of Anderson’s two previous films Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Darjeeling Limited), Indian Paintbrush’s Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson from American Empirical Pictures. The script is signed by Wes Anderson alongside Roman Coppola, the duo that brought us The Darjeeling Limited in 2007. No specific release date has yet been announced, but early 2012 is a definite, so keep an eye out for another brilliantly bizarre film by the man that brought us Bottle Rocket.
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