Sorry, ‘The French Dispatch’ Isn’t 4 Hours Long — Here’s the Actual Runtime

     January 15, 2020


This story has been updated with new information provided by Fox Searchlight in regards to the film’s synopsis.

There was some hubbub early Wednesday morning over on Film Twitter over Wes Anderson‘s forthcoming picture The French Dispatch and its alleged runtime. Considering this is Anderson’s first film since 2018’s Isle of Dogs and his first live-action film since 2014’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, any and all updates about the film are going to be gobbled up by keen fans.


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It was revealed via dependable Twitter accounts — including the one for Little White Lies — an update had been made to The French Dispatch‘s IMDb page which revealed the movie’s runtime to be four hours and would possibly even get broken up into two parts to make that runtime more palatable. Well, eagle-eyed folks noticed the French Dispatch‘s alleged runtime was identical to Lars Von Trier‘s two-part film Nymphomaniac. This immediately threw into question whether Anderson’s reported runtime was legit. Thanks to The Film Stage, who got an official comment from Fox Searchlight, The French Dispatch‘s actual runtime will be a far more digestible one hour and 48 minutes, a.k.a. 108 minutes.

The new synopsis is certainly more detailed than the one Previously, we learned the synopsis for The French Dispatch goes like this: “A love letter to journalists set at an outpost of an American newspaper in 20th century Paris and centers on three storylines.” Despite earlier reports from Wednesday alleging a more complete synopsis had made its way to the internet via an Amazon listing, Fox Searchlight has commented that synopsis is not official and should be disregarded.

The French Dispatch is coming in 2020. For more, check out the star-studded cast list for Wes Anderson’s next dreamy, epic picture.

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