Wes Anderson’s ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ to be distributed by Fox Searchlight

By Daniel S Levine,

Fox Searchlight and Wes Anderson are working together again, with the specialty label signing on to distribute the director’s latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Screen Daily first reported the news, noting that Fox Searchlight is looking to release the film later this year or in early 2014. The distributor will co-finance the film with Indian Paintbrush, who it recently worked with for Park Chan-wook’s Stoker.

This report is also the first time Anderson fans are hearing about the project’s plot. It will take place in Europe between the two World Wars and focuses on a hotel owner whose young employee becomes a trusted protege. Throw in a priceless piece of art, a huge family fortune and the political turmoil in Europe at the time and you have what sounds like another quirky Anderson story.

The cast is packed with Anderson regulars and acclaimed actors, including: Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Harvey Keitel, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Saoirse Ronan, Tom Wilkinson, Mathieu Amalric, F Murray Abraham, Bob Balaban and Tony Revolori.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the production team includes Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson.

This will be Fox Searchlight’s first film with Anderson since 2009’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox and 2007’s The Darjeeling Limited. Last year, Anderson directed Moonrise Kingdom, which was released by Focus Features. Anderson and co-writer Roman Coppola earned an Oscar nomination for the film’s witty script.

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