If you've seen a movie with Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, or Bill Murray in the past ten years, chances are Wes Anderson directed it. Or someone tried to make it look like he did.
Is your grandma's house filled with all those charming little knickknacks and antiques from thirty years ago or more? If so, then rejoice! Chances are Wes Anderson will be filmming his next movie there. Wes Anderson has an eye for detail. Two of them, to be precise. He hasn't made many movies, but the ones he has made are full of so much detail you could easily fill sixteen or so regular movies. He's known for his painstakingly elaborate set and costume design, his colorful cast of quirky characters, strikingly original cinematography, and Owen Wilson. Seriously, Owen Wilson.
Anderson has written and directed such nuggets as Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, and The Darjeeling Limited. He is currently working on the film adapatation of the Roald Dahl classic, Fantastic Mr. Fox as well as trying to straighten out Owen Wilson's nose.
A Texas native, Anderson met his broken-nosed guy pal, Owen Wilson, in college and the two got to work on honing their craft. They co-wrote a short film called Bottle Rocket in 1994, which was their calling card used to gather enough funds to re-make the film into a feature. In 1996 their dream came true and, the now feature length, Bottle Rocket opened in 28 screens across the US. Hardly a financial success, the film still managed to showcase Anderson's ability to create a visceral and methodical image on screen, as well as help launch the acting careers of Owen Wilson and his brother Luke Wilson, who played the lead.
The story centers around Anthony Adams (Luke Wilson), who has just been released from a mental hospital, after suffering a breakdown. Far crazier than he, is his scheming friend Digan (Owen Wilson), who has hatched a plan for a crime spree invloving the two of them and his legendary "former boss", Mr. Henry (James Caan). How they got James Caan to be in this, the world may never know.
At the time it was released, Bottle Rocket scored the lowest in test audience points for any film at Columbia Pictures at that time. Despite the low box office sales and mixed reviews, the film has gone on to gain a large cult following over the years. Martin Scorsese has hailed it as one his top ten favortie movies of the ninteen ninties, and the movie was one of the first Blu-rays to be released by the illustrious Criterion Collection distributor.
With one feature length film under your belt, making another is not so hard. The attention, albeit not always good atention, that Anderson recieved after Bottle Rocket was enough to perk the interest of the studio big-wigs. And it just so happened that Anderson and Owen Wilson had a script ready that they had been working on before their last film. The film rights to the script Rushmore were auctioned off to the highest bidder. Many studios showed interest but a Disney representative met with Anderson and his crew and convinced him to make the movie with Touchstone Pictures.