Taylor Swift is to make her feature directorial debut with Searchlight Pictures based an original script written by the award-winning singer-songwriter.
No story details, casting, title or shoot dates have yet been revealed but Searchlight – the studio behind Oscar-winners Nomadland and The Shape Of Water – has confirmed it will produce the feature.
“Taylor is a once in a generation artist and storyteller,” said Searchlight presidents David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield. “It is a genuine joy and privilege to collaborate with her as she embarks on this exciting and new creative journey.”
Swift recently made history as the only solo artist ever to be honoured with two best direction awards at the 2022 VMA Awards for her work on All Too Well: The Short Film and The Man. She is also only the second female to direct the winning video for Best Longform Video, with All Too Well: The Short Film. 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.
The 14-minute production All Too Well: The Short Film, which Swift wrote and directed, recently screened at the Tribeca Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. It is one of the year’s eligible short film submissions for the upcoming Academy Awards.
As an actress, Swift has played small roles in David O. Russell’s Amsterdam, Tom Hooper’s adaptation of Cats, Garry Marshall’s romantic comedy Valentine’s Day and sci-fi The Giver.
Searchlight Pictures recently announced Academy Award Nominee Yorgos Lanthimos’ next project AND with Emma Stone, Jesse Plemons, Willem Dafoe set to star. Recent and upcoming releases 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.