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

05.18.2017
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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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11:24PM on 05/19/2017

Okay, here's my meta moment.

Part of this production was filmed in my hometown of Bethel, Ohio. A family member back there shot some video of Redford and Spacek walking out of the Midway movie theater. The same theater where I saw "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" in 1969. Weird.
Part of this production was filmed in my hometown of Bethel, Ohio. A family member back there shot some video of Redford and Spacek walking out of the Midway movie theater. The same theater where I saw "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" in 1969. Weird.
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10:27AM on 05/19/2017
I'll admit that good actors aside it's not the most inspiring story, but I would follow Tom Waits anywhere.
I'll admit that good actors aside it's not the most inspiring story, but I would follow Tom Waits anywhere.
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2:39AM on 05/19/2017
Ehhhh. I thought this was a Ben Affleck directed movie starring Robert Redford, which would have sparked my interest. Also, Pete's Dragon sucked.
Ehhhh. I thought this was a Ben Affleck directed movie starring Robert Redford, which would have sparked my interest. Also, Pete's Dragon sucked.
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1:11AM on 05/19/2017

Come on now

Thanks for the details on this movie, it's interesting to read. One comment: if you're going to reference films for each actor that we'd know them by, listing Cap 2 for Robert Redford is bizarre. His performance was fine but he wasn't the lead in it, and that role is really an afterthought to his 50 year movie star career as an Oscar-winning leading man and film director, not to mention founder of the Sundance film festival. Meanwhile you list an emotional drama for Affleck and a 40 year old
Thanks for the details on this movie, it's interesting to read. One comment: if you're going to reference films for each actor that we'd know them by, listing Cap 2 for Robert Redford is bizarre. His performance was fine but he wasn't the lead in it, and that role is really an afterthought to his 50 year movie star career as an Oscar-winning leading man and film director, not to mention founder of the Sundance film festival. Meanwhile you list an emotional drama for Affleck and a 40 year old horror movie for Spacek, where they were both the leads. The fact that Redford's turning 81 years old (playing a 70yr old!) and still getting physically demanding leading roles when he wants to is awesome. There won't be many more opportunities to see him like this as time goes by. Looking forward to this one.
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