As pre-production on Anderson’s new film The Life Aquatic continues in America and Italy, more details about the film are coming out. The film, which will star Bill Murray and Owen Wilson, follows the relationship of a famous oceanographer and his estranged son, while they and the father’s motley crew embark on a series of wild adventures.
The Life Aquatic will mark the first time in Anderson’s career that he has not collaborated with Owen Wilson on the screenplay. Anderson’s writing partner this time is writer/director Noah Baumbach, whose film The Squid and The Whale Anderson has signed on as producer.
In the Anderson tradition, Zissou’s crew will include a number of quirky characters. Pele, a Brazilian man in his late 20s or early 30s, will bear a resemblance to the famed soccer player Pele. His character likes to play guitar and is a fantastic singer. Twentysomething Anne-Marie Sakowitz is young, tough, sharp, thin, boyish, smart, determined. Possibly is of European or Israeli background, Anne-Marie often walks around the ship topless, although she is not voluptuous. Wolodarsky, in his thirties, is both a physicist and a composer, with an offbeat, mad scientist quality. He is definately an eccentric, interesting presence on the ship. Bobby Ogata, in his mid twenties, hails from Japan. Bobby is athletic and a bit of an innocent. The currently unnamed teenaged Intern will be smart, charming, aggressive and earnest.
Shooting is scheduled to being at Rome’s famed Cinecitta Studios, home to many of Federico Fellini’s movies, this August. Disney will distribute the film in the fall of 2004.
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Scorecard
Director: Wes Anderson
Writers: Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach
Producers: Wes Anderson, Barry Mendel, Scott Rudin
Executive Producer: Rudd Simmons
Casting Director: Douglas Aibel
Production Start Date: Late August 2003
Shooting Locations: Italy
American Distributor: Buena Vista