Focus Features Picks Up Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom' Project

May 2, 2011
Source: Deadline

Wes Anderson / Focus Features

We already knew that director Wes Anderson had officially chosen his next film as Moonrise Kingdom, a project which he co-wrote with Roman Coppola (who previously worked with Anderson on The Darjeeling Limited). If the cast which includes Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman and regular Anderson collaborator Bill Murray wasn't exciting enough, Deadline has learned that Focus Features, the people who have brought us such spectacular films as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Pianist have now officially acquired the rights to the promising project.

The story follows two young adults who fall in love and run away in the 60's. Assuming that the lovers have disappeared, the leaders of their New England town go searching for them. Norton is playing a scout leader who brings his expertise to the search while Willis will play a character having an affair with McDormand's character, the missing girl's mother. Murray, on the other hand, will play the girl's father who, of course, has his own issues. Still no word on what role Schwartzman has in the film, but his presence is good enough for me. Always good to hear a fine company like Focus Features putting their weight behind a great filmmaker like Wes Anderson. Excited for Moonrise Kingdom?

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  • Xerxexx
    Sweet! Anderson's movies are always great and the cast is excellent. Can't wait!
  • Zac917
    Norton is going to own this. I'm a bit unsure of Willis, a supposed control freak on set, being in an Anderson film. None the less it sounds very promising.
  • grimjob
    It seems to be, in my experience anyway, that you either love his films or hate them. With everyone I've talked to over the years, I've never seen a middle ground. Personally, I LOVE his style. His stories, his characters, everything is consistently rich and fascinating to watch. He is definitely one of my alltime favorite filmmakers, never disappoints. Cannot wait for this! What an awesome cast!
    • Zac917
      Yeah, love Anderson. Between "Fantastic Mr. Fox" or "Darjeeling Limited" as personal favorite.
    • Traveler
      So true. People who don't like his films tend to claim they are pretentious. I find them to be rich character studies. And gorgeous to watch, of course. Hello, Fantastic Mr. Fox!
  • so excited for this!!!
  • title suggested it to be a good film but another love story
  • tir na nog
    Guy makes great,original films,I love the Life aquatic and Darjeeling ltd.




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