The comedic drama, from Searchlight Pictures, has been scheduled to release on Oct. 22.
With its new release date, “The French Dispatch” is opening on the big screen on the same weekend as Edgar Wright’s dark thriller “The Last Night in Soho” (from Focus Features) and Clint Eastwood’s Western “Cry Macho” (from Warner Bros.).
“The French Dispatch” was originally expected to have its world premiere at last year’s Cannes Film Festival and was slated to open in theaters in the summer of 2020. However, those plans were scrapped due to the pandemic. The 74th annual Cannes Film Festival kicks off July 6 with Spike Lee presiding over the competition jury.
After it plays at Cannes, the movie will later screen at the 59th edition of the New York Film Festival, which runs from Sept. 24 through Oct. 10.
The star-studded “The French Dispatch” features Benicio del Toro, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Timothee Chalamet and Saoirse Ronan. The movie brings to life a collection of stories from the final issue of an American magazine published in a fictional 20th century French town.
“The French Dispatch” is Anderson’s 10th feature film, having previously directed the likes of “The Royal Tenenbaums,” “Moonrise Kingdom” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” His most recent endeavor was the 2018 stop-motion animation drama “Isle of Dogs.” For “The French Dispatch,” he co-wrote the screenplay with Roman Coppola, Hugo Guinness and Jason Schwartzman.