After surprising fans by taking on an adaptation, one based on a children's book and shot using an old style of stop-motion animation, Wes Anderson is not about to shock anyone with future film plans. But can you imagine what it'd look like if the man behind "Rushmore and "The Royal Tenenbaums" made a science fiction film?
Speaking to Access Hollywood last week, the filmmaker, whose take on Roald Dahl's "Fantastic Mr. Fox" arrives in theaters next week, claimed he is interested in doing a movie set in space. "If possible," he added, "I would like to try to actually shoot some of it on location in space. That is my preference."
I don't see Anderson ever going for a big effects-driven piece, of course. But if anyone were to really shell out enough money to blast Anderson and crew into space, they'd likely demand a movie with as wide an appeal as possible in order to recoup such costs.
Sci-fi flicks from filmmakers you wouldn't expect to make sci-fi flicks (Jean-Luc Godard, Michael Winterbottom and Stanley Donen are a few examples) always fascinate me, so I'm very anxious to see what Anderson comes up with if he ever does go through with the idea, whether or not he manages to actually film on location.
If the space setting isn't even a priority, and he would just like to do something in the sci-fi genre, given that he's an admitted fan of the anime series "Neon Genesis Evangelion," perhaps Anderson could make the live-action movie version that's been in development hell for the past few years.
First, though, Anderson will make another original film, though again it will be without his old writing partner Owen Wilson. He noted that he'd like to collaborate with Wilson again someday, but pointed out that he's usually unavailable, too busy "being a full-fledged movie star."
Later, Anderson would like to make more adaptations. He acknowledges the basic ease with working from an existing story. You never have to be stumped with figuring out what happens next while scripting an adaptation, he said. "You can just look in [the book] and get your answer."
Would you like to see Wes Anderson make a sci-fi movie? What else would you like to see from the filmmaker in the future?