It seems as though speculation was correct:http://www.comingsoon.net/news/topnews.php?id=6964
Revolution & Anderson Adapting Mr. Fox
Source: Variety October 29, 2004
Revolution Studios and Wes Anderson will turn Roald Dahl's The Fantastic Mr. Fox into a stop-motion animated feature, reports Variety. Sony Pictures will distribute the movie.
Anderson will write the script with Noah Baumbach, his partner on The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. Anderson also will direct this first animated film for him and for Revolution.
The book tells the story of a crafty fox who finds himself and his family targeted for death by the three dumb, plug-ugly farmers who tire of sharing their chickens with the critter.
However, 'tis a shame to see that Anderson will be leaving Touchstone for Revolution Studios, as this will almost certainly mean an end (at least temporarily) to the wonderful Criterion Collection editions of his films (Touchstone and Criterion are both subsidiaries of Buena Vista Entertainment which is, of course, owned by the Disney Corporation). Nothing lasts forever I suppose...
Nevertheless, the film should be fascinating, as it contains one of Dahl's most complicated, cunning, and challenging characters. This novella is a wonderful allegory with intelligent social commentary peppered throughout, and (due to its short length) should almost certainly be enhanced by the literary charms of both Anderson and Baumbach. Please keep in mind the post from earlier this year (September, I believe) from the New York Times that details Anderson's journey to the Gipsy House, home of Dahl and all of his masterworks. With the enormous amount of respect that he has for Dahl (especially seeing as how he has been enraptured by his works since childhood), one can only imagine just what sort of magic Anderson has conjured up his sleeve, ready to share with the rest of us...
One would also believe that Henry Selick will almost positively be on board as well to aid in the construction of the picture. But this is only, of course, speculation, which means that it is neither here nor there in the grande reality of this project.
And for those of you who have not yet read Fantastic Mr. Fox, please do yourself a favor and pick it up. It is only seven dollars at most fine bookstores, and is well worth the entertaining, albeit brief, read. Do have a marvelous day.
~ G Edited by: Admiral Yetter at: 10/29/04 10:22 am