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    Why It Took Wes Anderson Over A Decade To Make The Wonderful Story Of Henry Sugar

    The three short films accompanying “Henry Sugar” in Anderson’s adaptations are “The Swan,” “The Rat Catcher,” and “Poison,” all based on Dahl’s stories of the same names. “The Swan” is available on Netflix on September 28, “The Rat Catcher” on September 29, and “Poison” on September 30. Anderson shot them all together last summer with the same company of actors that includes Ralph Fiennes, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ben Kingsley, Richard Ayoade, Dev Patel, and Rupert Friend.

    Anderson considered a number of different stories to adapt, but a few that would have been cohesive with the project didn’t make the cut. Admittedly the filmmaker may have worn himself out a bit with the undertaking of “Henry Sugar,” which is a longer story than the others and has a greater diversity of location, costumes, and characters.

    “I mean, there’s another story in ‘The Rat Catcher’ called ‘The Hitchhiker,’ which is probably very suitable also, but something was just too familiar about it,” he told Deadline. “Then there are others that would be too long and complex, and so, after doing ‘Henry Sugar,’ I thought, “Let’s just make some little ones, not another 40-minute one.”

    Viewers should expect the next few short films to be a bit more bite-sized than “Henry Sugar.” However, with a star-studded cast of talented actors and a whimsical, accomplished filmmaker like Anderson adapting such rich source material, there’s sure to be more fun in store.

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