Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ Acquired by Fox Searchlight

Movie marks filmmaker’s fifth collaboration with Indian Paintbrush

Last Updated: December 22, 2016 @ 10:19 AM

“Isle of Dogs,” by director Wes Anderson, has been picked up by Fox Searchlight Pictures for worldwide distribution.

Currently in production in London, the animated film marks Anderson’s fifth collaboration with Indian Paintbrush. The team behind “The Grand Budapest Hotel” — Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson — returns as producers. This is Anderson’s second animated movie following “Fantastic Mr. Fox.”

Set in Japan, “Isle of Dogs” follows a boy’s odyssey as he searches for his dog. The voice cast includes F. Murray Abraham, Bob Balaban, Bud Cort, Bryan Cranston, Greta Gerwig, Jeff Goldblum, Akira Ito, Scarlett Johansson, Harvey Keitel, Bill Murray, Kunichi Nomura, Edward Norton, Yoko Ono, Koyu Rankin, Liev Schreiber, Tilda Swinton, Akira Takayama and Frank Wood.

“Wes Anderson is one of the most talented filmmakers of his, or any other, generation. His ability to write smart and unconventional screenplays and then translate them into unique experiences on screen makes him not only a unique voice in film, but one who can truly bridge the gap between independent films and cross-over hits,” said Nancy Utley and Steve Gilula, Fox Searchlight Pictures presidents. “We are thrilled to be going on a journey into the newest world from the distinctive imagination of Wes Anderson.”

“Isle of Dogs” is slated for release in 2018.