First word of Wes Anderson’s new not-a-Western, shooting this summer

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Wes Anderson will be making a new film this summer – and first details of it have just come to light.

While fans await the delayed release of Wes Anderson’s most recently-completed picture, The French Dispatch, he’s already at work on a new feature.


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According to a report in El Pais, sets are being built in Chinchón, Madrid that will see Anderson shooting characters against a Western-like location in the desert. Curiously, the paper also notes that the film won’t actually be a Western, just feature that kind of Death Valley-looking landscape.

Production is due to start this summer and… well, I’m sure more news will break in the meantime, all we have now is that Anderson is making another movie in Europe, and it’s going to look a bit Western-y while not being a Western.

The last Western-y looking set to not be in a Western I can recall was in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, which suggests one obvious possibility: the sets are sets, and this is a movie about movies.

Though I wouldn’t bank on it, necessarily. Anyway, whole bits of Anderson’s Bottle Rocket had a Western-like vibe, thanks to the Dallas shooting locations. You can set any story you want in the desert… except, perhaps, Titanic.

The French Dispatch is expected to screen at Cannes this July and then roll out around the world.

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