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Redford & Affleck's Old Man and the Gun shoots for a US & UK release

05.18.2017

Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced today that the company has acquired North American and UK rights to Endgame Entertainment’s financed and produced true story OLD MAN AND THE GUN. The film, which has just wrapped production in Cincinnati, Ohio, is written and directed by David Lowrey (PETE'S DRAGON) and based on  a short story by David Grann (THE LOST CITY OF Z) for The New Yorker, one of Condé Nast’s preeminent titles.

THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN stars an impressive ensemble cast that includes Robert Redford (CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER), Casey Affleck (MANCHESTER BY THE SEA), Sissy Spacek (CARRIE), Danny Glover (DREAMGIRLS, LETHAL WEAPON), Tom Waits (MYSTERY MEN, SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS), and Tika Sumpter (SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU). Producing the film is a laundry list on contributors including Endgame Entertainment’s James D. Stern, Condé Nast Entertainment’s Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler, Wildwood Enterprises, Identity Films’ Anthony Mastromauro, Sailor Bear’s Toby Halbrooks and James M. Johnston and Bill Holderman.

Concerning the film's plot, OLD MAN AND THE GUN is based on the true story of Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford), from his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public.  Wrapped up in the pursuit are detective John Hunt (Casey Affleck), who becomes captivated with Forrest’s commitment to his craft, and a woman (Sissy Spacek), who loves him in spite of his chosen profession. 

Expressing their excitement in regard to the project, Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley jointly announced, “We are thrilled to be part of a film with such an extraordinarily talented cast. David Lowery directing the incomparable Robert Redford in such a compelling and incredible real life story is exactly the kind of project we seek out.”

Additionally, director David Lowrey stated, “It's just been a thrill to team up with so many legends and heroes in telling this wild and wooly tale, and I couldn't be more excited to have everyone at Fox Searchlight along for what's shaping up to be a pretty fun ride.”

Seeing as production on THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN has recently wrapped, I would imagine that we'll be receiving word about a release date for the film relatively soon.

Extra Tidbit: Tom Waits was nominated for an Oscar for his soundtrack to the 1980 Francis Ford Coppola film One From the Heart.

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