Fox Searchlight Nabs Wes Anderson's 'The French Dispatch'

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The film, set for a 2020 release, stars Benicio Del Toro and Frances McDormand.

Fox Searchlight Pictures has picked up worldwide rights to Wes Anderson's The French Dispatch, which is set for a 2020 theatrical release.

The comedy-drama, which was co-financed by Indian Paintbrush, stars Benicio Del Toro, Frances McDormand, Jeffrey Wright, Adrien Brody and Timothee Chalamet. Lea Seydoux, Tilda Swinton, Mathieu Amalric, Lyna Khoudri, Stephen Park, Owen Wilson and Bill Murray round out the ensemble cast, with Anderson, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson sharing producing credits.

The French Dispatch portrays journalists in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional 20th century French city.

"We are excited to dive back into the unmistakable and entirely original world of Wes Anderson," Steve Gilula and Nancy Utley, chairmen of Fox Searchlight Pictures, said Thursday in a statement.

Fox Searchlight also acquired worldwide rights to Anderson's 2018 feature Isle of Dogs ahead of production, and earlier collaborated with the iconic director on The Grand Budapest Hotel, Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Darjeeling Limited.

Indian Paintbrush has also worked with Anderson on six movies, including The French Dispatch. The deal with Fox Searchlight was negotiated by Megan O'Brien, executive vp business affairs for the studio, and Gene Kang, executive vp business and legal affairs and Deborah Wettstein, CFO, acting for Indian Paintbrush.

Anderson is repped by UTA.