Disclaimer: it’s not four hours long
Earlier this week IMDb suggested that Wes Anderson’s new film, The French Dispatch, will be over four hours long, which would mean a total runtime of a lengthy 241 minutes – even for the biggest Wes heads, that’s intense. Now, the film’s distributor Foxlight Search has debunked this rumour, announcing the film’s actual runtime as a more digestible 108 minutes.
Among the misinformation was an extended synopsis, which appeared on an Amazon listing. Fox Searchlight has commented that the synopsis in question is not official, and should be disregarded.
According to the studio, the synopsis for The French Dispatch is this: “A love letter to journalists set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional 20th-century French city that brings to life a collection of stories published in The French Dispatch magazine.”
In an interview with Charente Libre, Anderson said: “(The film is about) an American journalist based in France who creates his own magazine. It is more a portrait of this man, of this journalist who fights to write what he wants to write. It’s not a movie about the freedom of the press, but when you talk about reporters, you also talk about what’s going on in the real world.”
Previous reports have indictated that some of the film is in black-and-white, and might be animated. Fox Searchlight has not denied these claims.
The French Dispatch stars Timothée Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan, Willem Dafoe, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Léa Seydoux, Kate Winslet and Elisabeth Moss, Christoph Waltz, Tilda Swinton, Benicio Del Toro, Adrien Brody, Rupert Friend, and more.
The release date is yet to be revealed.
UPDATE: The French Dispatch is now due for release July 24, 2020 in the US. New names attached to the project also include Liev Schreiber, Elisabeth Moss, Angelica Huston, and Henry Winkler.