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Benh Zeitlin Starts New, Untitled Louisiana-Set Film

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood September 25, 2012 at 2:23PM

"Beasts of the Southern Wild" director Benh Zeitlin is returning to Louisiana for his next project, centering on a strange ecosystem where the aging process is warped, and people grow old either very quickly or incredibly slowly. Reportedly Zeitlin hopes to use the same cast and production team for the currently untitled film. Fans of Quvenzhané Wallis, get excited.
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Benh Zeitlin at Sundance
Benh Zeitlin at Sundance

"Beasts of the Southern Wild" director Benh Zeitlin is returning to Louisiana for his next project, centering on a strange ecosystem where the aging process is warped, and people grow old either very quickly or incredibly slowly. Reportedly Zeitlin hopes to use the same cast and production team for the currently untitled film. Fans of young Quvenzhané Wallis, who is being tipped as an Oscar contender, get excited.

Zeitlin will be recognized on September 27 at the New Orleans Film Society patron party and gala, receiving the "Celluloid Hero" award.

Check out our Oscar predictions for "Beasts of the Southern Wild" here, with Anne Thompson's Sundance interview with Zeitlin here.

This article is related to: Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild, News


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.