The current global health crisis has once again severely disrupted the film industry as Wes Anderson’s eagerly anticipated new film, The French Dispatch, has been delayed indefinitely.
The film, which was originally set to arrive on July 24th, was first delayed until October 16th as cinemas and theatres remaining closed amid strict social distancing measures implemented under a government-mandated lockdown.
Now, however, The French Dispatch has been removed from the Disney release list entirely. The film has now been listed as ‘unset’ amid the growing uncertainty. The decision made by the studio also includes Niki Caro’s upcoming Mulan project which has also been removed.
Anderson’s new film is famously set to star Bill Murray, Benicio Del Toro, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Timothée Chalamet, Frances McDormand and more. Anderson wrote the film and will also take charge of directing.
Elisabeth Moss, Edward Norton, Anjelica Huston, Lyna Khoudri, Stephen Park, Christoph Waltz and more will also feature in the film. The French Dispatch tells the story of “a love letter to journalists set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional 20th Century French city and brings to life a collection of stories published in The French Dispatch magazine.”
To delay the picture is a big choice to make with this being widely reported as one of Anderson’s most expensive films to date with a budget of $25 million. Judging by the trailer below, it will be worth the wait.