The award-winning singer-songwriter has directed videos for All Too Well and The Man, winning MTV VMAs for both. All Too Well: The Short Film is also eligible for next year’s Academy Award for Best Short Film. Swift wrote an original screenplay, the details of which are unknown. And now she’s ready to make her feature directorial debut with a new film for Searchlight Pictures.
“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 new creative journey.”said David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield, presidents of Searchlight, the company behind movies like Nomadland, Black Swan and Slumdog Millionaire.
During a discussion at this year’s Toronto film festival, Swift expressed a desire to get into filmmaking. “I would love to continue taking baby steps forward”she said. “And I think I’m in a place now where the next baby step is not a baby step. It would be committing to making a film. And I feel like I would love for the right opportunity to come along, because I absolutely, absolutely love storytelling that way.
Swift also said she wanted to tell “Human stories about human emotions” and that he could see himself going to a “more comic and irreverent place”.
Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien in the All Too Well short film (Photo: Reproduction/semprefuigeek)
As an actress, Taylor recently made a small appearance in David O’Russell’s Amsterdam and has starred in Cats, Valentine’s Day and The Giver.
Next year, the singer will also embark on a concert tour, her first all-stadium tour since 2018. It is projected to be the highest-grossing US tour of all time.
After recent releases The Menu, The Banshees of Inisherin and Empire of Light, Searchlight’s other films include two Yorgos Lanthimos films, both starring Emma Stone, and Aziz Ansari’s directorial debut, Being Mortal.
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