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As members of the press have had a chance to talk to Wes Anderson thanks to the release of Fantastic Mr. Fox, I’ve had a few conversations with other web writers who noted that no one seemed to be asking Anderson about his adaptation of the French film My Best Friend. We first reported on the possibility of the remake in September of last year, but while Anderson worked on finishing his animated feature there was no real news on the project. Would it be his next? Has it been scrapped? In short, what’s up?

We now know that the film hasn’t been scrapped, at least, because there is a script draft. The title has been changed from My Best Friend to The Rosenthaler Suite, but otherwise it sounds like a relatively faithful reworking. More details, and a tease about White Cape, a possible Fantastic Mr. Fox spin-off comic, after the break. Read More »

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Variety is reporting that Wes Anderson has been tapped to write and possibly direct an American remake of the French film Mon Meilleur Ami (My Best Friend). The original movie chronicled the adventures of Fran├žois, an arrogant and unpleasant antique dealer who was challenged by his business partner, Catherine, to produce his best friend (not believing that he had one). If he succeeds, he will be able to retain possession of a valuable Greek vase he purchased using company money. Fran├žois sets out to look for a best friend and finds Bruno, a gregarious cabbie, who will hopefully help him win the bet.

Between My Best Friend and the upcoming animated film The Fantastic Mr. Fox based on Roald Dahl’s book, it seems like Anderson is really stepping out of his comfort zone and trying new things. Although I’m not Anderson’s biggest fan, I have always agreed with the assessment that he’s one of the more talented directors of his generation. Like many things, I’m willing to take the wait-and-see approach before deciding if he can give this quasi-generic storyline a unique spin.

Discuss: How do you feel about Wes Anderson’s recent career choices, and his involvement in this remake?

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