Thanks to the Grand Budapest Hotel press tour, we've got some new information on what meticulously over-designed designs Wes Anderson may have for the future--like an animated version of his latest film and possibly something in Japan.
Firstly, as far as that animated Grand Budapest goes, that is already done and sitting on Jeff Goldblum's laptop alongside his alien-defeating virus. In an interview with The Wrap, Goldblum explained that Anderson's fastidiousness has now reached the point that, prior to production, he made an animatic of the entire film. Typically, animatics are fairly crude animations, just meant to communicate movements too complicated to merely storyboard, but naturally, this being Wes Anderson, "It was a beautifully animated version of the whole movie, with all the cuts as they pretty much I think wound up to be," Goldblum said. "And he voiced all the characters. He called it animatics. I had it on my computer, you could see the whole movie."
Goldblum added that Willem Dafoe was pushing for the director to release the animation as a bonus feature, so hopefully that will happen. Because who wants to upset Willem Dafoe?
As for the possibility of a Japan-set film, that's still pretty speculative. Speaking to The Wall Street Journal, Anderson admitted he's "not quite sure where the next one will be," but teased, "I will say I'm interested in Japan." I can already see the tracking shot through the scene of deadpan dolphin slaughter.