The US director says he's inspired by Vittorio De Sica's 1954 comedy film, The Gold of Naples.
Will it be the second stop-motion film that Wes Anderson directs? The first one he directred, Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), a deadpan satire on the nature vs. nurture debate received two Academy Award nominations (but lost the Oscar for animated feature to Pixar's Up).
In his visit and masterclass to Lisbon & Estoril film festival, Wes Anderson stated that his major influences include De Sica, Visconti, Fellini and Rossellini. He also mentioned that his next project might be a stop-motion project that shares the same episodic structure as Vittorio De Sica's The Gold of Naples (1954).
The Gold of Naples is a pastiche film of 6 comic and dramatic episodes devoted to the town of De Sica's youth, starring Sophia Loren, Silvana Mangano and Toto.
Watch a (very young) Sophia Loren and Silvana Mangano in two of the film's segments: