Beloved arthouse director and kooky style maven Wes Anderson (“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Royal Tenenbaums”) may be bringing his signature style to a quite different genre in the near future – horror.
In a conversation at the Rome Film Festival with author Donna Tartt, Anderson revealed that he soon might step out of his comfort zone with an attempt at scarier fare than he’s normally associated with. He tells Filmmaker Magazine:
“I have thought of doing a horror movie, and I have thought of doing a Christmas movie. Horror is an area where if a filmmaker really wants to use all the tricks, the techniques to affect your emotions…. With the kind of movies I do, you’re supposed to say is this part supposed to be funny, or is this part supposed to be sad? Well, you say, I don’t know. I’m not sure. This is the way we wanted it.
When you make a horror or a thriller, you say you’re supposed to be scared here. You’re supposed to be relieved here. Here we’re explaining something so you know the next part so you’ll be more scared then. I like the idea of the requirements and the obligations of working in a genre like that. I’ve done some scenes like that, but I’d like to do a scary movie.”
Anderson also revealed that he’s keen on doing a Christmas movie:
“The good thing with a Christmas movie – if you make a great Christmas song or movie or book, as Dickens showed us, you can make a huge fortune, because they come back every year. As long as you have a piece of the action, then it’s a perennial.”
Anderson is currently at work on a stop-motion film about dogs, featuring the the voices of Edward Norton, Bryan Cranston, Bob Balaban, and Jeff Goldblum.