Movies | April 6, 2020 12:06 pm

Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch” Release Postponed Due to COVID-19

The movie has been pushed to October

Wes Anderson on stage during The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Official Academy Screening of Isle of Dogs on March 22, 2018 in New York City.
Wes Anderson on stage during The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Official Academy Screening of Isle of Dogs on March 22, 2018 in New York City.
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Wes Anderson’s highly anticipated movie The French Dispatch is the latest film to see its release date pushed back as a result of the pandemic. The New Yorker-inspired movie — originally slated to hit theaters on July 24 — has reportedly been pushed to Oct. 16.

As Indiewire notes, “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.” Now the film — which stars frequent Anderson collaborators Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton and Frances McDormand, as well as Elisabeth Moss, Timothée Chalamet, Anjelica Huston and Saoirse Ronan — will be released in the fall, when most studios tend to release their awards-season contenders.

The French Dispatch has been described as Anderson’s “love letter to journalists.” It is reportedly inspired by The New Yorker and centered around the writers and editors of a weekly magazine in a fictional French town called Ennui-sur-Blasé and three of its stories — “The Concrete Masterpiece” by J.K.L. Berensen, “Revisions to a Manifesto” by Lucinda Kre, and “The Private Dining Room of the Police Commissioner” by Roebuck Wrig.

You’ll have to wait until Oct. 16 to see it, but tide yourself over by checking out the trailer below.

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