My second Utah Read: The Darjeeling Limited Script. (No Spoilers!!)
I wonder what it’d be like to read a Wes Andersen script without being familiar with Wes Andersen films? You probably would read it and think “Why is everything in this retarded?” The Darjeeling Limited is, of course, ripe with Andersen’s typical affectations. And they are enjoyable, until you’ve had enough of the affectations and just wish everything didn’t have to be so deranged.
I know there are differences between the script I read and the movie that will be coming out in a few months because I’ve seen the trailer and it had things that the script didn’t AND the character of Peter (Adrian Brody) is described as having blond hair, which Mr. Brody does not have, so I wonder who was going to play him in the first place? Anyway, the best news I can give is that Owen Wilson’s character of Francis is very much a Dignan and that the script starts good. It sort of weighed me down by the end and left me thinking “Boy, Mr. Andersen loves family reconciliation tales.” But I can conceive of the pages I read being turned into a pretty likeable movie.