The opening film for this year's London Film Festival has been announced
Wes Anderson's stop-motion animated adaptation of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox will have its world premiere on October 14th, opening the festival just 9 days before it is released in cinemas around the UK.
Festival director Sandra Hebron said: "Wes Anderson's boundless invention and meticulous film making craft find perfect expression in this imaginative and hugely enjoyable version of a much loved story. We are delighted to open our festival with Fantastic Mr. Fox, and thrilled to host its world premiere."
Anderson had this to say on having the film's world premiere at LFF: "Fantastic Mr. Fox is a British film - based on a Roald Dahl book, set in the UK, produced in the UK - and so I am especially pleased to have been invited to be the opening night movie of this year's London Film Festival. We had a wonderful experience at the LFF with my previous film, and I am eagerly looking forward to introducing Fantastic Mr. Fox to the world in this wonderful venue."
The rest of LFF's 2009 programme will be announced on September 9th, the festival runs from October 14th - 29th