Wes Anderson, who — despite a couple of debatable missteps — is probably still considered our hipster douchebag director God, to whom most of today’s quirk and whimsy is compared. And that’s, perhaps, as it should be. His influence still quietly rules over much of the indie world, even as his own films have lost a step.
For his next film, however, Anderson is going in a different direction. He’s adapting and directing Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, although it does appear he’ll approach it in the fashion we’ve come to expect from Anderson. There hasn’t been a lot said or written about the movie since it was announced a couple of years ago, except that it’s a live-action CGI film. And despite the fact that it’s due for release later this year, there have been no trailers, no official photos, and not a lot of secrets. Until now: JoBlo.com has managed to procure a tiny photo of the movie featuring Mr. Fox (voiced by George Clooney), Mrs. Fox (Meryl Streep) and the badger (Bill Murray).
It’s not really much to go on — it actually looks like something one might find on stage at a Chuck E. Cheese. It’s certainly nothing to get too excited about, except that it does appear that Anderson is not taking a traditional route. This is no Nightmare Before Christmas. In fact, it looks more like live-action mixed with animatronics, which probably means it’s going to be wicked awesome, or a spectacular failure. You hafta appreciate the risk, though. And given Anderson’s meticulousness, I wouldn’t be surprised if we could see screws hidden in the jaws of Mr. Fox and hear the tiny clicking sound when it’s eyelids closed.
And speaking of which, how much time do you give it before Hollywood adapts a movie based on Chuck E. Cheese?