Pundits tracking this year’s Oscar race thought Wes Anderson’s latest, the sweet and tender Moonrise Kingdom, had a legitimate shot at major categories – from Best Picture to possible one or two acting nods. The movie managed to score one Academy Award nomination for Original Screenplay, sharing the credit with Roman Coppola, but that was a bit of a disappointment for a movie that held higher hopes. Perhaps the team will score big with their next pic.
That will be Grand Budapest Hotel, which THR reports has begun filming in Berlin. The director’s first film to be shot in Germany stars Ralph Fiennes (Skyfall) as Mr. Gustave, the “unflappable concierge of the eponymous hotel.” And as you might imagine, a handful of Anderson players will be returning to the screen for another thoughtful comedy, including Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman and Owen Wilson. In addition, the regular Anderson ensemble members will be joined by Saoirse Ronan, Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric and Jude Law. Jude Law!
The trade says that Anderson’s film will be centered largely on the happenings in the vast hotel, incorporating the actual German shopping center located at the Gorlitzer Warenhaus. They’ll film through March, according to reports, with Anderson aiming for a 2014 release date. But we don’t really yet know what the plot will be about, beyond the debonair Fiennes interacting with a slew of odd guests. I’m not saying that I wouldn’t watch that, but even Anderson’s lightest efforts are about something, so expect there to be deeper levels located somewhere in the Budapest.
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