‘The Old Man and the Gun’ First Look: David Lowery Directs Robert Redford’s Last Film Performance

Fox Searchlight will open Lowery’s new film on October 5, which just so happens to be right in the middle of awards season.

Fox Searchlight had an incredible 2017-18 Oscar season thanks to awards darlings “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and Best Picture winner “The Shape of Water,” and now the studio is turning its eyes to the upcoming race. The studio has announced David Lowery’s “The Old Man and the Gun” will bow in October, which is right in the middle of awards season. The date suggests a fall film festival debut at Venice, Telluride, or TIFF.

“The Old Man and the Gun” is notable for starring Robert Redford in his alleged final screen performance. The actor announced his retirement in 2016, saying he had two acting projects left before officially saying “goodbye to all that.” The first project, “Our Souls at Night,” debuted on Netflix last fall, and the second is the Lowery star vehicle.

The film stars Redford in the true story of Forrest Tucker, who escaped prison at age 70 and went on an unprecedented string of heists. Casey Affleck, reuniting with Lowery after last season’s critical favorite “A Ghost Story,” plays the detective who becomes obsessed with Tucker, while Sissy Spacek is the love of Tucker’s life. The film marks the second collaboration between Lowery and Redford after Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon.”

“The Old Man and the Gun” will open in theaters October 5. Check out first look photos from the film below.

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Guillermo del Toro Signs Overall Production Deal at Fox Searchlight

Fox Searchlight has signed reigning Best Director Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro to an overall production deal, where he’ll create genre feature content like horror and science fiction.

Terms of the deal, brokered by division heads Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula, will cover live action film projects to be written, produced and/or directed by del Toro. The studio, now the property of the Walt Disney Company, nabbed Best Picture this year for del Toro’s “The Shape of Water.”

The projects will be developed through a still-unnamed joint label. First up is “Antlers,” a film about an elementary school teacher who takes in a troubled student keeping a mysterious and deadly family secret.

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Scott Cooper will direct from a script by Nick Antosca and Henry Chaisson, based on the short “The Quiet Boy” by Nick Antosca. Del Toro, David Goyer and J. Miles Dale will produce, with Kevin Turen serving as executive producer.

“In Fox Searchlight, I’ve found a real home for live action production — a partnership based on hard work, understanding of each other and, above all, faith … I am honored to have the opportunity to continue the relationship,” del Toro said in a statement.

“We have observed first-hand Guillermo at work as a director, a writer, a producer — a creator. We believe in him and the vision for a new Searchlight label and we are eager to embark on this journey with him,” said Utley and Gilula.

Read the announcement:

Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced today that Fox Searchlight Pictures has signed a deal with Academy Award® winning director Guillermo del Toro that covers live action feature film projects to be written, produced and/or directed by del Toro. Fox Searchlight is also creating a new, soon to be named, label which will serve as a home for projects in the horror, sci-fi and fantasy genres, including those produced and curated by del Toro. Films will be financed, marketed and distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures.

“For the longest time, I’ve hoped to find an environment in which I can distribute, nurture and produce new voices in smart, inventive genre films and channel my own. In Fox Searchlight, I’ve found a real home for live action production — a partnership based on hard work, understanding of each other and, above all, faith. After the wonderful experience I had with Fox Searchlight on ‘The Shape of Water,’ I am honored to have the opportunity to continue the relationship. I am more than grateful to Nancy, Steve, David and Matthew for their trust in me and for joining me on this adventure,” said del Toro.

“Throughout the process of ‘The Shape of Water’ coming to life, we have observed first-hand Guillermo at work as a director, a writer, a producer — a creator. We believe in him and the vision for a new Searchlight label and we are eager to embark on this journey with him,” said Utley and Gilula.

“As well as being a brilliant filmmaker, Guillermo is a passionate collaborator, curator and advocate for other artists. Working with him on this new label, focused on the highest quality projects in the genre space, allows Searchlight to expand our reach to new filmmakers and new audiences around the world,” said David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield, Fox Searchlight Pictures’ Co-Heads of Production.

The first film in the pipeline will be ANTLERS, a story about an elementary school teacher who takes in a troubled student that harbors a mysterious family secret with deadly consequences. The film will be directed by Scott Cooper with a script written by Nick Antosca & Henry Chaisson, based on the short story The Quiet Boy by Nick Antosca. Guillermo Del Toro, David Goyer, and J. Miles Dale will produce, with Kevin Turen serving as executive producer.

Guillermo del Toro’s most recent film, THE SHAPE OF WATER, was honored with 13 Oscar nominations and won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Score and Best Production Design. In all, the film garnered more than 100 awards including the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and appeared on more than 70 critics’ lists of the year’s best films.

Del Toro earned international acclaim as the director, writer and producer of the 2006 fantasy drama PAN’S LABYRINTH which won three Academy Awards. He first gained recognition for the 1993 Mexican-American co-production CRONOS, a supernatural horror film, which he directed from his own screenplay after beginning his career working as a special effects makeup artist.

Del Toro’s other films include MIMIC, THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE, BLADE II, HELLBOY, HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY, PACIFIC RIM and CRIMSON PEAK.

Guillermo del Toro was represented by Gary Ungar of Exile Entertainment, Robert Newman of William Morris Endeavor and attorney George Hayum, Esq. from the law firm of Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof & Fishman LLP.

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Fox Searchlight has signed reigning Best Director Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro to an overall production deal, where he’ll create genre feature content like horror and science fiction.

Terms of the deal, brokered by division heads Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula, will cover live action film projects to be written, produced and/or directed by del Toro. The studio, now the property of the Walt Disney Company, nabbed Best Picture this year for del Toro’s “The Shape of Water.”

The projects will be developed through a still-unnamed joint label. First up is “Antlers,” a film about an elementary school teacher who takes in a troubled student keeping a mysterious and deadly family secret.

Scott Cooper will direct from a script by Nick Antosca and Henry Chaisson, based on the short “The Quiet Boy” by Nick Antosca. Del Toro, David Goyer and J. Miles Dale will produce, with Kevin Turen serving as executive producer.

“In Fox Searchlight, I’ve found a real home for live action production — a partnership based on hard work, understanding of each other and, above all, faith … I am honored to have the opportunity to continue the relationship,” del Toro said in a statement.

“We have observed first-hand Guillermo at work as a director, a writer, a producer — a creator. We believe in him and the vision for a new Searchlight label and we are eager to embark on this journey with him,” said Utley and Gilula.

Read the announcement:

Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced today that Fox Searchlight Pictures has signed a deal with Academy Award® winning director Guillermo del Toro that covers live action feature film projects to be written, produced and/or directed by del Toro. Fox Searchlight is also creating a new, soon to be named, label which will serve as a home for projects in the horror, sci-fi and fantasy genres, including those produced and curated by del Toro. Films will be financed, marketed and distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures.

“For the longest time, I’ve hoped to find an environment in which I can distribute, nurture and produce new voices in smart, inventive genre films and channel my own. In Fox Searchlight, I’ve found a real home for live action production — a partnership based on hard work, understanding of each other and, above all, faith. After the wonderful experience I had with Fox Searchlight on ‘The Shape of Water,’ I am honored to have the opportunity to continue the relationship. I am more than grateful to Nancy, Steve, David and Matthew for their trust in me and for joining me on this adventure,” said del Toro.

“Throughout the process of ‘The Shape of Water’ coming to life, we have observed first-hand Guillermo at work as a director, a writer, a producer — a creator. We believe in him and the vision for a new Searchlight label and we are eager to embark on this journey with him,” said Utley and Gilula.

“As well as being a brilliant filmmaker, Guillermo is a passionate collaborator, curator and advocate for other artists. Working with him on this new label, focused on the highest quality projects in the genre space, allows Searchlight to expand our reach to new filmmakers and new audiences around the world,” said David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield, Fox Searchlight Pictures’ Co-Heads of Production.

The first film in the pipeline will be ANTLERS, a story about an elementary school teacher who takes in a troubled student that harbors a mysterious family secret with deadly consequences. The film will be directed by Scott Cooper with a script written by Nick Antosca & Henry Chaisson, based on the short story The Quiet Boy by Nick Antosca. Guillermo Del Toro, David Goyer, and J. Miles Dale will produce, with Kevin Turen serving as executive producer.

Guillermo del Toro’s most recent film, THE SHAPE OF WATER, was honored with 13 Oscar nominations and won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Score and Best Production Design. In all, the film garnered more than 100 awards including the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and appeared on more than 70 critics’ lists of the year’s best films.

Del Toro earned international acclaim as the director, writer and producer of the 2006 fantasy drama PAN’S LABYRINTH which won three Academy Awards. He first gained recognition for the 1993 Mexican-American co-production CRONOS, a supernatural horror film, which he directed from his own screenplay after beginning his career working as a special effects makeup artist.

Del Toro’s other films include MIMIC, THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE, BLADE II, HELLBOY, HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY, PACIFIC RIM and CRIMSON PEAK.

Guillermo del Toro was represented by Gary Ungar of Exile Entertainment, Robert Newman of William Morris Endeavor and attorney George Hayum, Esq. from the law firm of Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof & Fishman LLP.

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Golden Globes: Wins By Studio & Network

The 75th anniversary Golden Globe Awards were handed out tonight at the Beverly Hilton, and Fox Searchlight Pictures flat-out dominated the studio tally with six wins: four for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, including Best Motion Picture, Drama, and two more for The Shape of Water. 
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The 75th anniversary Golden Globe Awards were handed out tonight at the Beverly Hilton, and Fox Searchlight Pictures flat-out dominated the studio tally with six wins: four for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, including Best Motion Picture, Drama, and two more for The Shape of Water.  A24 made a good showing with three trophies — two for Lady Bird, including Best Motion Picture, Comedy, and one for James Franco’s lead turn in The Disaster Artist. No other…

Octavia Spencer On Swimming In Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Shape Of Water’ & What Diversity Means In Hollywood

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Even before Octavia Spencer won the best supporting actress Oscar for 2011’s The Help, she managed a hard-worked career that many actresses would envy: Consistent character parts on long-running TV series, read ABC’s Ugly Betty, Comedy Central’s Halfway Home, and TNT’s Raising the Bar, and parts in an array of movies from Martin Lawrence’s Blue Streak to Joe Wright’s The Soloist to the Will Smith movie Seven Pounds. Back in the ’90s, she cut her teeth as a production…

‘Step’ Documentary Competes For Oscar Attention As Director Amanda Lipitz Plans Fictional Adaptation

Get Step director Amanda Lipitz talking about the girls at the heart of her film—exuberant members of the step dance team at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women—and she’s liable to tear up.
“I cry when I talk about them,” she tells Deadline. “The girls give me such hope… Their mothers inspire me as a mother. They’re my family. I don’t know how to put into words how much they mean to me.”
The bond began forming almost a decade ago when Lipitz, a Tony…

Get Step director Amanda Lipitz talking about the girls at the heart of her film—exuberant members of the step dance team at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women—and she's liable to tear up. "I cry when I talk about them," she tells Deadline. "The girls give me such hope… Their mothers inspire me as a mother. They’re my family. I don’t know how to put into words how much they mean to me." The bond began forming almost a decade ago when Lipitz, a Tony…

‘The Shape Of Water’s Guillermo del Toro: Monsters Are “Spiritual Cosmology For Me” — The Contenders

Fox Searchlight spent its stage time Deadline’s The Contenders event today with three female-led films. Guillermo del Toro was on hand with his fantasy adventure film The Shape of Water, the story of an unlikely relationship between Elisa (Sally Hawkins) a lonely mute woman who cleans the top-secret government facility that houses a captured “asset” (Doug Jones). “The movie is about the otherness,” del Toro told moderator Joe Utichi. “We live in times that are permeated…

Fox Searchlight spent its stage time Deadline’s The Contenders event today with three female-led films. Guillermo del Toro was on hand with his fantasy adventure film The Shape of Water, the story of an unlikely relationship between Elisa (Sally Hawkins) a lonely mute woman who cleans the top-secret government facility that houses a captured "asset" (Doug Jones). “The movie is about the otherness,” del Toro told moderator Joe Utichi. “We live in times that are permeated…

‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ Producer On True Story Behind A.A. Milne’s Works – The Contenders London Video

“I was astonished to discover, after reading the screenplay, that Christopher Robin was real. I think we had all enjoyed the books, but never computed that actually, Christopher Robin was inspired by A.A. Milne’s own son,” Goodbye Christopher Robin producer Damian Jones said of the true-life basis for the Fox Searchlight film. He spoke during Deadline’s inaugural The Contenders London event this month.
Directed by Simon Curtis, the drama explores the tragic true-life…

“I was astonished to discover, after reading the screenplay, that Christopher Robin was real. I think we had all enjoyed the books, but never computed that actually, Christopher Robin was inspired by A.A. Milne's own son,” Goodbye Christopher Robin producer Damian Jones said of the true-life basis for the Fox Searchlight film. He spoke during Deadline’s inaugural The Contenders London event this month. Directed by Simon Curtis, the drama explores the tragic true-life…