Taylor Swift Is Directing and Writing Her First Feature Film
Taylor Swift is set to direct her first feature film based on a script she penned. While the 32-year-old singer is no stranger to directing, as she’s directed numerous music videos for herself over the years, this will be her first time directing for the big screen.
The news of the project and Swift’s involvement came on yesterday (December 9, 2022). And while the plot and casting is under wraps, we do know that the movie will be produced by Searchlight Pictures.
David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield, presidents of Searchlight, released a joint statement hailing Shift as a “once in a generation artist and storyteller”. They also added that they are thrilled to be working with her on the project.
“It is a genuine joy and privilege to collaborate with her as she embarks on this exciting and new creative journey.” Greenbaum and Greenfield’s statement reads.
Taylor Swift Talks About Her Desire to Direct a Feature Film
The news isn’t a complete surprise to Swifties. Fans likely recall Taylor Swift hinting at the film during the Toronto International Film Festival back in September.
When asked if she had plans of directing a feature one day, Swift responded, “I’d like to keep taking baby steps forward. And I’m at 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 absolutely love for the right opportunity to arise. Because I absolutely adore telling stories this way.” she added.
Continuing on, she said, “I never say never, but I can’t imagine myself filming an action sequence. If it happens one day, honestly, that’ll be funny character growth. But at this point, I could see it going in a more comedic, irreverent place.”
“I don’t always see myself telling stories about extreme, guttural heartbreak at your most formative age that debilitates you emotionally for years and then you have to develop the scar tissue in order to move on with your life, and limp your way to your typewriter and write a novel about it. I think I’ve done that.” she adds.
In a separate interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Swift confirms that if she had the chance to trade places with anyone for a day, she’d pick Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro.
“Imagine having that imagination, that visual vocabulary and that astonishing body of work,” Swift states.
“To have such a diverse storytelling range but somehow put your distinctive artistic fingerprint on every film.” she continues.
Swift most recently stars in the 20th Century Studios’ film Amsterdam. She takes on the role of Liz Meekins alongside a stellar cast, including Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, and John David Washington.