Wes Anderson's eagerly awaited next film, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," which just wrapped principal photography at Studio Babelsberg in Germany, has been snapped up not by his last distributor, Focus Features, which released "Moonrise Kingdom" to good numbers and a writing Oscar nomination for Anderson and co-writer Roman Coppola (whose Prada Candy short just hit the web, see below) but by Fox Searchlight.
The studio specialty unit acquired worldwide rights and will co-finance the film with Indian Paintbrush, Steven Rales’ finance and production company, which partnered with Searchlight on their current release from Park Chan-wook, "Stoker."
The period movie, set during a time of turbulent change between the two World Wars, centers on a legendary European hotel concierge, M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes) who becomes embroiled with staff and guests in the drama surrounding a stolen Renaissance painting and a family fortune.
The cast includes returning Anderson faves Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman and Harvey Keitel, as well as Jude Law, Saoirse Ronan, Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, Tom Wilkinson, Mathieu Amalric, F. Murray Abraham, Bob Balaban and Tony Revolori.
Searchlight worked with Anderson in 2009 on his stop-motion hit "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" as well as "The Darjeeling Limited" in 2007. According to Screen, Searchlight is looking at releasing the film either later in the year or in early 2014. That will likely depend on its awards prospects.
Anderson is producing "The Grand Budapest Hotel" with usual producer Scott Rudin, Rales and Jeremy Dawson.