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‘The French Dispatch’ has been postponed

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, ‘The French Dispatch’ has been pushed back to October. Read more at IndieWire.

Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch” is having its theatrical release delayed from July 24 to October 16. The move shifts Anderson’s latest into the thick of awards season. The majority of Anderson’s recent releases have all been in the spring or summer, including “Isle of Dogs,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” and “Moonrise Kingdom.” The original July 24 release date led many in the film industry to believe Searchlight would world premiere “The French Dispatch” at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival, but that event has been postponed until future dates that still haven’t been determined.

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‘The French Dispatch’ poster and stills

The official Twitter page for ‘The French Dispatch’ has released a poster for the movie, which you can see at the link. And also, The New Yorker has released a couple of stills from the movie. You can see the one featuring Timmy in the gallery. The caption on their page also states that his segment of the film is “inspired by “The Events in May: A Paris Notebook,” Mavis Gallant’s two-part article from 1968.”

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‘The French Dispatch’ to open on July 24

According to Collider, ‘The French Dispatch’ will open in cinemas on July 24, 2020. You can read more at Collider and see a poster for the movie (which doesn’t feature any actors).

Be on the look-out for pastels and whimsy this summer, as Searchlight Pictures has officially set a release date for Wes Anderson‘s new movie, The French Dispatch. The hyper-symmetric auteur will bring his latest film to theaters on July 24, 2020, and he’s bringing one heck of an ensemble with him.

The studio confirmed today that, in addition to Anderson regulars Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, and Adrien Brody, The French Dispatch also stars Benicio del Toro, Tilda Swinton, Lea Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothee Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, and Stephen Park. Prior reports of the film being a musical turned out to be false—and it’s not four hours long, either—and for a while the only synopsis we had painted the story as “A love letter to journalists set at an outpost of an American newspaper in 20th century Paris and centers on three storylines.”

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‘The French Dispatch’ might be released by the end of the year

According to a French newpaper called Charente Libre viaIndeWire, director Wes Anderson spoke a little about the upcoming ‘The French Dispatch’. You can read the whole thing at the link and some highlights below.

Up until now, all that has been known about “The French Dispatch” plot is that the film is a “love letter to journalists set at an outpost of an American newspaper in 20th-century Paris.” Anderson said the secrecy around the film has been intentional (“When I shoot I do not want any advertising”), although he was willing to pull back the curtain a bit and explain the story in more detail.

“The story is not easy to explain,” Anderson said. “[It’s about an] American journalist based in France [who] creates his magazine. It is more a portrait of this man, of this journalist who fights to write what he wants to write. It’s not a movie about freedom of the press, but when you talk about reporters you also talk about what’s going on in the real world.”


“I do not know the release date,” Anderson said. “I never know, but I feel [it] could be ready before the end of the year.”

Anderson’s most recent release was last year’s stop-motion film “Isle of Dogs,” which landed an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature. Should the film land a 2019 release, it would most likely be at the end of the year during the holiday movie season. More likely is a 2020 release in late winter or spring, which is when “Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Isle of Dogs” opened.