From cinematical: Wes Anderson and The Fantastic Mr. Fox 5/18/05
From cinematical: Fox Bags Fox with Wes Anderson 10/26/06
From cinematical: Clooney and Blanchett In Talks to Voice Fantastic Mr. Fox 2/23/07
From /film: Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman join The Fantastic Mr. Fox 9/27/07
From MTV: Wes Anderson Enlists Bill Murray For ‘The Fantastic Mr. Fox’ 9/26/07
George Clooney: Fantastic Mr. Fox 5/30/07
Dominic von Riedemann wrote:Fox Animation, the studio best known for the Ice Age film franchise, said in October it was going to distribute Wes Anderson's adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic children's novel The Fantastic Mr. Fox. Anderson also said he was going stop-motion on this one.
Anderson directed Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. To have him writing and directing a Roald Dahl story was definite cause for celebration in the often-puerile world of family-oriented, animated films.
In February, George Clooney was "in negotiations" to voice the title role of Mr. Fox. Cate Blanchett (The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, Hot Fuzz) was already confirmed to voice the role of Mrs. Fox, while Anderson regulars Jason Schwartzman (Marie Antoinette, Rushmore) and Anjelica Huston (The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou) were still negotiating salaries.
Many movie sites (like IMDb) said Clooney's involvement in The Fantastic Mr. Fox was a done deal. Finally, Clooney Studio (the best known of Clooney's fan sites, since The Clooney doesn't have an official website) went to Bryan Lourd, George's agent, to see if Clooney had worked out a deal with Anderson and Fox.
The following is a quote from their website:" Bryan confirmed to me that George has signed on to the movie." But does George Clooney have the voice acting chops to do credit to the role?
The Fantastic Mr. Fox is scheduled for a November 9, 2009 release date.