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On December 9, 2022, it was announced that Taylor will be making her feature directorial debut with Searchlight Pictures. She has written an original script, which will be produced by the Oscar-winning studio behind Nomadland and The Shape of Water. Other key details, like a plot and casting, are being kept under wraps until a later date.
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Background and Announcement

Taylor has been directing or co-directing her music videos since back in 2010 (“Mine“), so to many it wasn’t a surprise that she would try her hand at a feature. In 2022, she had become the only solo artist ever to be honored with two best direction awards at the MTV VMAs for her work on All Too Well: The Short Film and “The Man.”  The 14-minute production of the former, which Taylor wrote and directed, screened at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. In addition to the Grammy nomination the short film received, Taylor’s work was also submitted for the 2023 Oscars. During a discussion at the Toronto International Film Festival, Taylor expressed her desire to move into movie-making:

«I’d love to keep taking baby steps forward. And I think that 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 just absolutely love for the right opportunity to arise because I just absolutely, absolutely adore telling stories this way.»

In her future film pursuits, Taylor said she aimed to tell “human stories about human emotion.” She also said she could see herself going in a more “comedic, irreverent place.” Searchlight presidents David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield said in a statement: “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 and new creative journey.”

Taylor developed a relationship with David Greenbaum while her partner, actor Joe Alwyn, was shooting The Favourite, the 2018 Oscar winner. She came to the New York Film Festival opening of that film, the two kept in touch, and Greenbaum, knowing Taylor’s Hollywood ambition and her admiration for auteur filmmakers, introduced her to people like Guillermo del Toro, who made The Shape of Water and Nightmare Alley for Searchlight. According to Puck News, Del Toro invited Taylor to tour his memorabilia house in the Valley, and he offered career advice. “I gave her a few books that I thought would be interesting for her — among them, very importantly, a book that was useful for me in creating Pan’s Labyrinth called The Science of Fairy Tales, which codifies and talks about fairytale lore,” del Toro told W in December 2022.

Searchlight knew the big streamers like Netflix and Amazon would shower Taylor with money and let her make whatever she wanted, so the pitch was support and curation, its track record helping first-time filmmakers like Marc Webb ((500) Days of Summer), and its core specialty: marketing tougher, smaller-budget titles, everything from Nomadland to Banshees of Inisherin. The budget for Taylor’s film is small and the subject matter intimate; it is reportedly not a Nightmare Alley-style production.

In the fall of 2022, Taylor attended the New York premiere of Banshees with Ethan Tobman, the production designer who has worked with her before, and who did The Menu, Searchlight’s hit of the year. The production company also arranged a conversation between Banshees director Martin McDonagh and Taylor for an interview of Variety‘s “Director on Director” series, lending her credibility during the Oscar season.

Taylor is nothing if not the world’s greatest brand manager of her own personal brand — according to Puck News, the stories about her micromanaging when she was repped at WME, before she brought everything in-house, are legendary — and in this sense, Searchlight is very on-brand for her. For her, who wants a personal touch, an imprimatur of quality and specialty, and who doesn’t need the Apple money, the Searchlight relationship gives her a much better chance to succeed long-term in Hollywood.


According to Puck News, executives likely have to wait a year for Taylor to shoot the feature, since in 2023 and 2024 she was travelling the world on her going to be on the road with her “The Eras Tour” which became the highest-grossing tour of all time.
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Directed byTaylor Swift
Written byTaylor Swift
Produced bytbd
Running Timetbd
Distributed bySearchlight Pictures
CountryUnited States
Edited bytbd
Production CompaniesSearchlight Pictures