Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel Is Set 85 Years Ago

By T.J. Barnard On November 1st, 2012

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Though Wes Anderson‘s films are renowned for the innate retroness that constantly forces them through a warped time tunnel of all things future-past and quirkily cool, he’s never actually made a film set in the “old days.”

And by “old days” we mean, like, the real old days, not the 60s or the 70s. Try 85 years ago, in fact, which is the exact and specific time-frame that Anderson has decided to set his upcoming The Grand Budapest Hotel in, according to an interview he had with the L.A. Times recently.

The film will also be set in Europe, too, which isn’t so hard to believe given that the word Budapest has been conveniently and somewhat obviously placed in the title. It’s also inspired by a certain “Hollywood Europe,” Anderson says. We’re just as confused by the ambiguous nature of that comment, too.

What’s assured is that things will be framed with an ironic symmetricality, the soundtrack will be made up of 60s pop hits, Bill Murray will turn up, and the dialogue will hit you in witty little punches.

We’re serious about Bill Murray. He’ll be joining Jason Schwartzmann, Owen Wilson, Ralph Fiennes, and Jude Law, who have also been cast in the movie.

What do you make of these announcements? Does an old-fashioned Anderson flick sound good to you?


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