Magazine article Screen International

Searchlight Takes Grand Budapest

Magazine article Screen International

Searchlight Takes Grand Budapest

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EXCLUSIVE: Fox Searchlight has acquired worldwide rights from Indian Paintbrush to Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom follow-up The Grand Budapest Hotel and has come on board as co-financier.

The studio is understood to be exploring release dates either in late 2013 or 2014 and reunites with Steven Rales' finance and production company following their collaboration on Park Chan-wook's Sundance hit Stoker, which opened earlier this month.

The Grand Budapest Hotel marks the first time Searchlight has distributed an Anderson film since 2009's Fantastic Mr. Fox. It also released The Darjeeling Limited in 2007.

Anderson [pictured in Berlin] is producing The Grand Budapest Hotel with Scott Rudin, Rales and Jeremy Dawson and recently wrapped production after shooting at Studio Babelsberg in Berlin and other German locations. Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg provided a $600,000 subsidy.

The Grand Budapest Hotel tells of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé. …

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