I have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that, despite rumors that came around back in March, writer/director Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel will not be released in theaters before the end of 2013. The good news, however, is that Fox Searchlight has now officially announced the movie's release date, and it turns out that we won't have to wait very long after the new near to see the film. Fox Searchlight has announced via press release that The Grand Budapest Hotel will be getting a limited release that will begin on March 7, 2014.
While being a limited release all but guarantees that the movie won't be at the top of the box office charts by the end of its first weekend, Anderson's movie will be facing some pretty stiff competition when its first released. Not only is the first full weekend of March 2014 already set to debut both 300: Rise of An Empire and the animated Mr. Peabody and Sherman, but the rest of the month has some big titles like Divergent, Need For Speed and Muppets Most Wanted.
Fortunately, Anderson's movies are typically released more for clout than for big box office results. While the filmmaker certainly has a huge following among cinefiles, his only title to ever make more than $50 million domestically was 2001's The Royal Tenenbaums (though last year's Moonrise Kingdom came close with a $45 million take). He's able to keep working because he keeps budgets low and has always gotten respect amongst critics, and we hope that system stays alive for many more years to come.
The Grand Budapest Hotel, which is Anderson's first movie set in Europe, follows the story of a legendary concierge named Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes) who begins a close mentor-protege relationship with a young lobby boy. Things get a bit nuts, though, when they find themselves pulled into a plot involving a stolen priceless Renaissance painting and a family battling over a fortune. The star-studded cast, which is filled with Anderson regulars, includes F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, and Owen Wilson.
We will get our first official look at the movie when the premiere trailer arrives online tomorrow - though at this time we don't know when or where - but you can be sure that we will have it for you ASAP. For now, sit back and relax with this awesome Anderson remix:
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