I’d like to do a movie in space.
Director Wes Anderson told Access Hollywood on Friday at the premiere of his stop-motion animated adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Fantastic Mr. Fox. Like a line read deadpan by one of the characters in his films, he added:
If possible, I would like to try to actually shoot some of it on location in space. That’s my preference.
If possible, I'm sure they'd love to shoot The Chronicles of Narnia in Narnia, but that'd be a pretty hard thing to swing a studio to fund. Granted, Narnia is a fictional place, and space is most certainly real... right? Answering yes or no, would blow my mind either way.
Anderson has done his fair share of exploring-- from the ocean depths in The Life Aquatic, to the vast landscapes of India in The Darjeeling Limited-- I guess space is just the next logical step. I'd love to see what he would do with sci-fi! While he won’t be exploring the final frontier for his next project, he did reveal that he plans to follow-up Fantastic Mr. Fox with an original idea.
The next thing, I have an idea for something that’s just my own. But I would like to do more adaptations. It’s nice to reach a point in the story and say, ‘What happens in the book?’ and you can just look in that and get your answer.
The early buzz and reviews for Fantastic Mr. Fox has been strong. The film currently holds a 91% rating on RottenTomatoes.com... not too shabby. It’s his second collaboration with his Life Aquatic co-writer Noah Baumbach. But Anderson expressed that he’d also love to team back up with his Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore and Bottle Rocket co-writer and sometimes-star, Owen Wilson. Wes blamed the star’s schedule for their lack of recent collaborations, saying:
Yes. Owen is not always available. He’s very busy being a full-fledged movie star.
Well, he may be able to use that full-fledged movie star when it comes time to explore the stars. Hopefully a sci-fi film isn't just talk for Anderson, and we get to hear more about this space idea he has.
What do you think about Wes Anderson wanting to make a movie on location, in space?