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Wes Anderson wants to build a theme park with Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh

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Late in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, there’s a ski chase sequence that’d give some roller coasters a run for their thrill-ride money. And apparently, this was no accident—the director recently revealed that he’s been harboring theme park ambitions.

One of Anderson’s longtime collaborators is Mark Mothersbaugh, a co-founder of Devo. Mothersbaugh has scored several of the filmmaker’s movies, including The Royal Tenenbaums and Rushmore. He also has a long history as a visual artist, and a new book about him, Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia, includes an intriguing foreword from Anderson.

Anderson begins by saying, “I hope to soon secure the means to commission the construction of an important and sizable theme park to be conceived and designed entirely by Mark Mothersbaugh.”

Anderson hopes such a park would include “hundreds of animatronic characters and creatures, rides through vast invented landscapes and buildings, extensive galleries of textiles and sculptures, plus an ongoing original music score piped-in everywhere”—so long as everything involved came from the mind of Mothersbaugh.

While prospective parkgoers shouldn’t begin making travel arrangements just yet—Anderson says the ideal location would be “beyond the outskirts of Akron, Ohio”—should Anderson ever actually embark on such an endeavor, he has plenty of material to cull from.

The Budapest Hotel ski chase would obviously make for a great ride. Riders could zip around the park could be via the Darjeeling Limited. There are even water park expansion opportunities, with a little help from Steve Zissou. (Hopefully Bill Murray would always be on hand to surprise patrons throughout the day.) And though it’s not exactly an Anderson creation, including a Halloween-themed Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders haunted house certainly wouldn’t feel out of place.

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