Taylor Swift is set to make her feature directorial debut with Searchlight Pictures. The pop star 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.
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The title and other details have not yet been announced. Last year, Swift wrote and directed a short film to accompany an extended version of her song All Too Well (Taylor’s Version). It portrays a manipulative boyfriend and a young woman falling in love and the heartbreak that followed after their breakup.
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The film was recently screened at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival with a special 35 mm print. It was submitted for the 2023 Oscars and won the 2022 VMA for Best Direction. The latter award made Swift the first solo artist to receive the honor twice. She won the 2020 VMA Best Direction for The Man.
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“If it were the right thing, it would be such a privilege and honor,” Swift said in Toronto fest about directing a feature during an In Conversation With interview. She also pointed to directors like Nora Ephron, Chloe Zhao, and Greta Gerwig as influences on her emerging directorial career.
Swift is an 11-time Grammy winner and the only female artist in Grammy history to win their most prestigious award, Album of the Year, three times.
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Recently, Searchlight Pictures announced Academy Award Nominee Yorgos Lanthimos’ next project AND with Emma Stone, Jesse Plemons, and Willem Dafoe set to star. The upcoming released 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.