After six years of focusing on other genres, director Wes Anderson has decided to return to making stop-motion films, and his latest project will feature none other than a pack of dogs.
Anderson’s most recent stop-motion film was Fantastic Mr. Fox in 2009, which featured Spitz the dog as an antagonist. Many of Anderson’s other films have included dogs as well, but unfortunately their fates were unfavorable.
Due to the cruelty with which Anderson treats dogs in his films (in Moonrise Kingdom, a wire-hair fox terrier dies mercilessly by an arrow to the neck), many have actually accused him of hating the animal — there was an article in the New Yorker on the topic exclusively — so it is not unlikely that his upcoming movie will prove hard to watch for dog lovers.
While we know little about the film right now, we do know that it is currently in pre-production and that it will star Jeff Goldblum, Bob Balaban, Edward Norton, and Bryan Cranston, thanks to the editorial staff at Nerdist. Goldblum also told the staff after one of his weekly jazz performances that the film is “Japanese-inspired,” whatever that might mean. Shiba Inus, maybe?