After the huge success of The Grand Budapest Hotel, people were already wondering what Wes Anderson’s new project would be. In October 2015, he finally answered their question; his next film would be a stop-motion animated film about dogs. There is nothing that sounds more Wes Anderson than that, and since we have already seen him do stop-motion animation with Fantastic Mr Fox, we already know that he has the experience. But what about other genres? Since the start of his career, Anderson has focused mainly on dramedies with high shots and pastel colors, but nothing else. It would be interesting to think about how he would approach other genres that seem to be way out of his range. Here are three genres that would be interesting in his vision.
In an interview with Filmmaker Magazine, Wes Anderson stated how he wanted to make an horror film.
“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…. 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.”
Anderson has been known to mix different tones together but to see a straight up horror film would be a different turn for the director. Most likely, he would not be banking on jump scares and cheap thrills. If anything, it would be a slow burn, similar to films like The Witch, and give the viewer time to study the disturbing atmosphere. It might not even be a traditional horror film at all. It could also deal with the “horrors” of society and dramatize a topical issue. The sky is truly the limit with him.
2. Science Fiction/Fantasy
Anderson has never really dealt with big budget films before. In the same interview with Filmmaker Magazine, he states that “genre films are a good way to make bank.” With science fiction at its height, Anderson could expand his range to the genre. Knowing him, he would probably create an in depth history of a different world and create an equally detailed model for the setting. While his films are usually beautifully matched pastels, he could use shades of dark colors to portray a grim view of the world.
3. Superhero Film
Anderson has become so recognizable in his style that people think that’s all he knows. He could debunk that theory by expanding to the franchise world and taking on a superhero film. Instead of the more popular heroes on screen, he would thrive taking on a lesser known hero such as Squirrel Girl or the Runaways. People would be afraid to see Anderson’s signature style on a film that is supposed to be full of explosions and lens flare, but maybe what the oversaturated industry could use is a bit of change.
Any genre that Anderson touches will (most likely) turn to gold. Since people know him as the "quirky, hipster guy", these genres would be great opportunities for him to branch out and see what he can accomplish. If they happen to include pastels and old French music, then so be it.