Fox Searchlight Acquires David Lowery’s Old Man and the Gun


David Lowery's Old Man and the Gun stars Robert Redford as a heist-pulling septuagenarian.

David Lowery’s Old Man and the Gun stars Robert Redford as a heist-pulling septuagenarian

Fox Searchlight Pictures has today announced the acquisition of North American and UK rights to David Lowery‘s Old Man and the Gun. Financed and produced by Endgame Entertainment, the film has just wrapped production in Cincinnati, Ohio. Written and directed by Lowery, Old Man and the Gun is based on a short story by The Lost City of Z author David Grann that was originally published in The New Yorker in 2003. You can read the original story by clicking here.

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Old Man and the Gun reteams Lowery with his Academy Award-winning Pete’s Dragon star Robert Redford and fellow Oscar winner Casey Affleck, with whom Lowery worked on his 2013 crime drama Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. The Old Man and the Gun also includes Oscar winner Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover, Tika Sumpter and Tom Waits.

Old Man and the Gun is based on the true story of Forrest Tucker (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 (Affleck), who becomes captivated with Forrest’s commitment to his craft, and a woman (Spacek), who loves him in spite of his chosen profession.

“We are thrilled to be part of a film with such an extraordinarily talented cast,” said Fox Searchlight Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley. “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.”

“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,” says Lowery.

“Having the opportunity to work again with Robert Redford on David Lowery’s film with such iconic resonance is a dream come true,” says Endgame Entertainment’s James D. Stern, who is producing Old Man and the Gun, “And I can’t think of a better partner than Fox Searchlight.”

“Condé Nast Entertainment started with the express purpose of finding incredible articles like the one written by David Grann for The New Yorker in which the story of Forrest Tucker’s life really resonated with readers,” add Condé Nast Entertainment’s Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler, who are also producing. “It has been gratifying to work with our producing partners and the tremendous talents like David Lowery, Robert Redford and our amazing cast to bring this story to life on the big screen. We’re very happy that Fox Searchlight came on board.”

Old Man and the Gun is also produced by Wildwood Enterprises, Identity Films’ Anthony Mastromauro, Sailor Bear’s Toby Halbrooks and James M. Johnston and Bill Holderman. Executive Producers on the film are Julie Goldstein, Lucas Smith, Patrick Newall and Tango Entertainment’s Tim Headington.

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