It's no secret that Wes Anderson loves all things retro. His first definite period piece was this year's Moonrise Kingdom, but his other films have a vintage flair without being specific about the era. For instance, The Royal Tenenbaums has a very '60s/'70s aesthetic, but modern technologies like beepers make the time period more ambiguous.
Anderson's next project, Grand Budapest Hotel, starring previous Anderson players Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody and Owen Wilson, plus a few newcomers like Jude Law, has remained somewhat of a mystery. However, Anderson is revealing a few interesting details about the project.
Anderson told the LA Times that "it mostly takes place about 85 years ago."
The director also reveals that he was inspired by "Hollywood Europe, and also by some European writers around that time." Those include Billy Wilder and Ernst Lubitsch, particularly the films To Be or Not to Be and Shop Around the Corner. Anderson says he wanted to capture the feeling of "Europe on the Hollywood back lot, even though we're actually going to Europe to do it."
Sounds very witty and refined, and many would argue that Anderson's auteur status puts him in the same class as those iconic directors.
Filming will begin soon in Germany. [Indiewire]