Excited as us sane folks are about seeing Wes Anderson expand collaborative horizons in The Grand Budapest Hotel, there’s no shame in looking out for some returning favorites. I’d argue the current lineup of actors sort of makes that case, but, for the sake of this article, case in point: ScreenDaily (via ThePlaylist) briefly mentioned, in an altogether more comprehensive profile, that the writer-director will be reteaming with his Fantastic Mr. Fox and Moonrise Kingdom composer, Alexandre Desplat. (Not to mention producer Scott Rudin and cinematographer Robert Yeoman.) How he finds time to score every major film on the face of the earth is a mystery to yours truly.
Nevertheless, he’ll keep up the pace, and we should all be thankful for it. Although, admittedly, much of the best music in Anderson‘s prior picture came from pre-existing sources, Desplat‘s strength at conforming to the helmer’s tonal intentions was in full force; this might (might) not require the same whimsical, fairy tale-esque stylings, yet it’s that chance of something genuinely different which (even if only in part) makes this news worthwhile in the first place. A mixture of that aforementioned old and new, I’d say.
With Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Saoirse Ronan, Mathieu Amalric, Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, F. Murray Abraham, and Harvey Keitel leading the way, The Grand Budapest Hotel is expected to commence production rather soon.
Any thoughts on Desplat jumping back into the fray with Anderson?
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