Get ready, Swifties! Following a massively successful tour, Taylor Swift is about to make a dazzling return to the big screen with a concert film like no other. Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour promises to take fans on a geek-out-worthy journey through the various phases of her music career.
From her early country roots to her current pop reign, this movie is expected to offer a deep dive into Swift’s musical evolution. Here’s what we know so far about the Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour concert film.
Taylor Swift Announces Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour Concert Film
On August 31. Swift announced that she would be bringing her The Eras tour to AMC theaters in North America. A trailer for Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour concert film was also released, hinting at what fans who weren’t able to watch the actual show, could expect. The announcement of a concert film followed the conclusion of the first US leg of the tour.
“The Eras Tour has been the most meaningful, electric experience of my life so far and I’m overjoyed to tell you that it’ll be coming to the big screen soon. Starting Oct 13th you’ll be able to experience the concert film in theaters in North America! Tickets are on sale now,” tweeted Swift, adding that “Eras attire, friendship bracelets, singing, and dancing encouraged.”
The concert film was done at a time when most TV and film productions were stopped by the SAG-AFTRA strike. This prevented the union’s members from working until the strike was lifted. Fortunately, The Eras concert film was granted an exemption with an interim agreement made with the union. The interim agreement would greenlight non-AMPTP projects that meet the union’s standards.
Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour concert film is already breaking records when fans pre-purchased their tickets.
Swifties showed off their fandom power when they crashed the AMC app while trying to pre-purchase the tickets for The Eras tour ahead of time. This kind of incident isn’t new to the singer’s fans, as this is the second time such a thing happened. The first time it happened was when fans were trying to score tickets for the actual Eras Tour.
AMC is already promoting extras to add to the viewing experience for Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour concert film. This includes Eras Tour popcorn buckets and drink cups. AMC even upgraded its website ahead of the concert announcement.
“AMC is…aware that no ticketing system in history seems to have been able to accommodate the soaring demand from Taylor Swift fans when tickets are first placed on sale,” the company said in a statement announcing the concert film. They even warned fans of potential delays and outages on its website due to the traffic.
AMC announced the morning after tickets went on sale that Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour concert film broke the single-day advance-ticket sales revenue records of $26 million in 24 hours. AMC added that this is the highest advance sales revenue day in the company’s history. This broke the record previously held by Spider-Man: No Way Home in 2021 which brought in $16.9 million.
Overall, the concert film brought in $37 million in presales.
For Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour concert film, expect dancers and musicians to join Swift on stage. Amanda Balen, Taylor Banks, Karen Chuang, Audrey Douglass, Tori Evans, and more are with Swift on stage during the concert. They’re known for their work in the movies La La Land and Spirited and TV series Glee, Ru Paul’s Drag Race, and Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty.
The concert film is directed by Sam Wrench, known for his work on Billie Eilish Live at the O2, Brandi Carlile: In the Canyon, and BTS: Permission to Dance on Stage. Wrench has also worked with several other musicians including Mary J. Blige, Blur, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, Lizzo, Justin Bieber, and Mumford & Sons.
Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour concert film is distributed by Variance Films.
What to Expect from ‘Taylor Swift: The Eras’ Tour Concert Film
The tour is named after Swift’s different states of mind in each of her albums. Every album, from “Speak Now,” “Red,” “Lover,” and “Midnights,” represents a different version of Swift. She takes fans through each era, not only through the songs but also in her outfits, stage backdrop, and even the details of her microphone. In the trailer for the concert film, it’s also clear that fans can expect some behind-the-scenes footage.
Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour concert film feels similar to Swift’s previous concert film releases like Reputation Stadium and The 1989 World Tour Live. So, it’s going to be different from the singer’s previous documentary, Miss Americana, which showed more personal moments.
The concert film was done during Swift’s first three shows at SoFi stadium, having performed six straight shows in early August. The venue in Los Angeles brought in almost 500,000 fans.
Another thing fans can expect from watching the film? Swift’s performance of six surprise songs during her August 3-5 shows. The performances of the songs “I Can See You,” “Maroon,” “Our Song,” “You Are in Love,” “Death By a Thousand Cuts,” “and “You’re On Your Own, Kid,” could potentially make it to the film. As shown in the trailer, Swift’s “self-titled” debut would likely be featured in the upcoming docu-concert.
As far as running time goes, the average Eras concert lasts over three hours. However, Swift’s publicist Tree Paine told Billboard that the concert film would run for two hours and 45 minutes. So, also expect some parts to get cut out to shorten running time. This might include Swift’s “Tis the Damn Season” performance, which is usually part of the “Evermore” setlist.
‘Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour’ Concert Film Official Trailer
Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour Concert Film Release Date
Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour concert film will premiere in theaters on October 13. The concert film originally was premiering alongside The Exorcist: Believer. However, the Exorcist sequel moved its premiere a week earlier to avoid competition with Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour. 13 also happens to be Swift’s lucky number, and fans have drawn the number on their hands at her concerts.
If you haven’t purchased tickets yet, you might want to do it quickly as sales to watch The Eras Tour all over again are projected to hit $100 million on opening weekend. The docu-concert will premiere in AMC locations thanks to a deal between Swift and AMC theaters to only show the tour film there. No announcement yet on whether the concert film will be brought to streaming platforms.
The actual concert tour has been running since March. Swift will soon embark on other countries in continuation of the tour. The singer will be traveling to South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, before finishing the tour in North America in November 2024. While Swift is on tour, she will also release her “Taylor’s Version” rerecord of 1989.