IIt looks like Wes Anderson has officially entered his workaholic phase. His latest film The French Dispatch got its long-awaited theatrical release just a few months ago, and reports say he has already completed the photography of his follow-up, the City of Asteroids, set in Spain and studded with stars. . But it’s not like he’s going to take that as a cause for a break.
With his next film still in the works, Anderson has already started production on his following next film, announced by the journalist Baz Bamigboye just last night as an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1977 short composition The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar. Additionally, this latest feature will pair Anderson with an unexpected pair of collaborators new to his cozy little world – Benedict Cumberbatch has signed on to helm the film, which will be produced and distributed by Netflix.
In Dahl’s original text, the character of Henry Sugar was a man who successfully trained to see with his eyes closed, a skill he then used to cheat and win at cards. (Oddly enough, the same broad-line plot as Fritz Lang’s silent classic Dr. Mabuse the Gambler, a connection one can surely already count on Anderson.) Of course, those unethical choices end up coming down to Henry, and he finds that “more than his eyes have been changed by his studies,” as the official synopsis details.
Of course, this isn’t Anderson’s first banter with Roald Dahl’s prose. incorporating traces of the more mature themes and motifs – insecurity, deadbeat fathers, makeshift family units healing the emotional wounds they leave behind – for which his work is known.
Cumberbatch should fit in nicely with Anderson’s deadpan verbosity, but it will be interesting to see if and how hitching his wagon to Netflix could have an effect on Anderson’s cinema. How can someone so committed to the hype of proportions get along with the world’s biggest streaming platform? Although hey, if Scorsese could make it work, they would surely find something.
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