David Lowery Lands Robert Redford for 'Old Man and the Gun' Film
You may not recognize his name yet, but David Lowery is a name you'll know soon enough. Lowery has been working as an editor and writing scripts for a while, making his directing debut in 2009 with St. Nick. At Sundance this year he premiered his film Ain't Them Bodies Saints, starring Casey Affleck & Rooney Mara, which earned quite a bit of praise (including from us). Since that premiere, and all the buzz the filmed received, Lowery has signed on to write the Pete's Dragon remake at Disney and has now signed a big name for his next directorial project, Robert Redford. This sounds like it probably first sparked at Sundance.
The news on this is from THR, where they report David Lowery is writing and directing an adaptation of a 2003 New Yorker article called The Old Man and the Gun. Robert Redford, who runs the Sundance Film Festival, is attached to star in the film and produce with Bill Holderman and Conde Nast (New Yorker's publisher). The true story is about Forrest Tucker, "a man born in 1920 who, as a lifelong bankrobber, spent most of his life in jail or escaping from jail." His successful escapes tallied 18, including one escape from Alcatraz. He was finally caught after a robbery in a high-speed chase in 2000 and sentenced to 13 years. This sounds like a fascinating story, though Lowery's version focuses "on a specific time period in Tucker's life."
I already love envisioning Robert Redford in this role, it seems perfect for him, and the perfect kind of project for Lowery to follow-up his Sundance sensation. We're not sure of a timeframe on this or how soon it'll be ready, but I'd love to see this be Lowery's next film. We'll keep you updated on more developments.