Taylor Swift to Make Feature Directorial Debut with Searchlight – The Hollywood Reporter
Taylor Swift will be making her feature directorial debut with Searchlight Pictures.
The pop sensation has penned an original script, which will be produced by the studio. “Taylor is a once in a generation artist and storyteller. It is a genuine joy and privilege to collaborate with her as she embarks on this exciting and new creative journey,” Searchlight presidents David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield said in a statement.
The 14-minute production All Too Well: The Short Film, which Swift wrote and directed, recently screened at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival with a special 35mm print. Based on her song “All Too Well,” All Too Well: The Short Film, which Swift wrote and directed, the short portrays a young man and woman falling in love and the heartbreak that followed after their breakup.
The singer-songwriter’s evolution as a film director came about by initially writing songs and then setting words and music to film with storyboards and a shot list. All Too Well: The Short Film, which stars Maze Runner actor Dylan O’Brien and Sadie Sink, is one of the year’s eligible short film submissions for the upcoming 95th Oscars.
Searchlight Pictures recently announced Academy Award Nominee Yorgos Lanthimos’ next project AND with Emma Stone, Jesse Plemons and Willem Dafoe set to star. Recent and upcoming releases include Martin McDonagh’s The Banshees of Inisherin; Mark Mylod’s The Menu; Sam Mendes’ Empire of Light; Taika Waititi’s Next Goal Wins; and Stephen Williams’ Chevalier.
Searchlight’s development slate includes teaming with Annapurna and Amy Adams for Nightbitch, an adaptation of the Rachel Yoder novel.
And Andrew Stanton, known for helming Pixar classics WALL-E and Finding Nemo, will direct In The Blink of an Eye, a sci-fi drama, for Searchlight.
And on the TV side, Oscar-winning Nomadland writer and director Chloe Zhao signed a first-look deal with Searchlight, which released her best picture winner that starred Frances McDormand.