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September 10, 2008 |

By Daniel Carlson | Industry | September 10, 2008 |

wes460.jpgFollowing the career of Wes Anderson is like watching your kid grow up to alternately do you proud, disappoint you, get back on the right track, and then seem to wander. It’s not that the man’s a bad filmmaker — if he never does anything else, he will still have given us Rushmore, and that’s no small thing — it’s just that he seems to exhibit a tendency to get involved with questionable subject matter. He just completed an animated adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox, and it was announced this week that his next project will be writing the adaptation of the 2006 French film Mon meilleur ami.

My Best Friend is also being eyed as a directing vehicle for Anderson. The original film starred Daniel Auteuil as a cranky guy who learned that none of his friends really liked him. He takes a bet that he can’t produce a genuine best friend, and winds up paying a cab driver to portray the role. On one hand, it sounds like the kind of quirky/”quirky” thing that Anderson could do in his sleep. On the other, it’s not his own story, so there’s no telling how much of his own stamp he’ll be able to put on it. Still, worth watching out for.

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Industry | September 10, 2008 |

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