When you see a Wes Anderson film, you know it’s a Wes Anderson film. The director’s body of work is unquestionably unique, but one thing that’s missing from his arsenal is a horror movie… well that and a Christmas movie too.
Now the filmmaker is considering branching out, during a recent discussion with author Donna Tartt at the Rome Film Festival, Wes Anderson opened up on the possibility of directing within the horror and Christmas genres. “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…”
Wes also expanded on the formulaic nature of horror films and how working within those boundaries would be a welcomed change. “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.”
Wes Anderson’s outlook on a Christmas film seems to center less on formula and more so on whether the movie would be considered a time honored classic that finds itself in rotation during the holiday season each year. “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,” he added.
Anderson’s next project is a stop-motion animation film featuring dogs as the main characters, which doesn’t sound like it’s venturing into horror territory, but into the Fantastic Mr Fox world he’s already visited. Still, anything Anderson is a part of, I’ll be excited to see, but a horror movie would just be incredible. Come on Wes, get to work on that ASAP.
Until then, check out this attempt at a Wes Anderson horror film.
(Source: The Playlist)