We may have the first Best Picture Oscar® contender of 2012 on our hands.
Fresh off its opening night debut at the Cannes Film Festival where, according to reports, it showed to great success, Wes Anderson’s latest comedy, Moonrise Kingdom, is earning great reviews and breaking records in its limited domestic release. Making nearly $700,000 from just four theaters – that’s a record-setting $130,750 average – the Focus Features release is poised to perform incredibly well this summer as its expands every weekend for at least the next month.
Anderson’s seventh movie, Moonrise Kingdom is about two 12-year-olds (Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward) who fall in love during the summer of 1965. After they run away together, police (Bruce Willis is the local sheriff on the island off the coast of New England), a scout master (Edward Norton), and their parents desperately try to find them as a storm begins to form off the coast. Bill Murray – who has now starred in all of Anderson’s movie except Bottle Rocket - and Frances McDormand plays the girl’s parents. Tilda Swinton, Bob Balaban and Jason Schwartzman also star in the movie written by Anderson and Roman Coppola.
Murray is known for being difficult to contact, studios and directors often talk of leaving a message at a phone number in hopes he’ll call back and show up to the set of movies he’s agreed to make.
He also rarely participates in interviews, with the exception of an occasional appearance on Letterman where he usually arives in some sort of eccentric outfit or costume.
That’s what makes this “tour” he gives of the Moonrise Kingdom set all the more special.
If that has piqued your interest, enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie where we learn more about the characters and the actors explain why they wanted to be part of Wes Anderson’s world.