Singer Taylor Swift is making Swifties’ “Wildest Dreams” come true with this latest piece of news!
On Friday morning, social media started buzzing with the news that the “Anti-Hero” singer would be making her feature film directorial debut using a script that she wrote.
Taylor Swift Is About To Be A Movie Director With An Original Script She Wrote!
The “Love Story” singer has already written, directed, and starred in several of her music videos, including “The Man.” She recently released the 14-minute “All Too Well: The Short Film,” which was screened at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival and the Toronto Film Festival earlier this year.
The short film, which is based on the 10-minute version of her hit song, “All Too Well” from her Red (Taylor’s Version), is also one of this year’s eligible short film submissions for the 95th Academy Awards.
Taylor’s feature film debut will come from Searchlight Pictures, which includes her original script (via The Hollywood Reporter). Searchlight presidents David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield released a statement with nothing but praise for Taylor’s vision. “Taylor is a once-in-a-generation artist and storyteller,” they said. “It is a genuine joy and privilege to collaborate with her as she embarks on this exciting and new creative journey.”
Little information has been released about the project so far. There is no cast attached to the project just yet, although fans are hoping that “Stranger Things” alum Sadie Sink and “Teen Wolf” star Dylan O’Brien, who starred together in her “All Too Well” short film might make an appearance.
As The Blast previously reported, in September, Taylor Swift took part in an “In Conversation With…” event to discuss her future career as a director at the 2022 Toronto Film Festival. At the time, she warned her fans not to expect any action movies but hinted that she would be open to taking a seat in the director’s chair.
“If it were the right thing, it would be such a privilege and honor,” the “Bejeweled” singer said at the event, revealing that she would rather focus on movies that told stories about “human emotion” than big-budget action scenes.
“I will always want to tell human stories about human emotion,” Taylor said. She praised female directors like Nora Ephron, Chloe Zhao, and Greta Gerwig, for inspiring her own writing career.
“It’s really beautiful that we’re in a place where the idea of a female filmmaker doesn’t make you roll your eyes or think as skeptically as it once was,” she continued. The “You Belong With Me” singer also chronicled her “evolution” into a film director by describing her journey as a songwriter. Although she first got her start in the industry by writing her own songs, she soon began to coordinate words and music to storyboards and a shot list.
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During the event, the “Enchanted” singer was transparent about her experience in the director’s chair. She freely admitted that she did not go to film school, and instead explained that most of her experience came hands-on by watching how those around her worked on her own music videos.
“I didn’t go to film school. I’ve been on the set of around 60 music videos and I’ve learned a lot from that process,” she said at the event. “But when I did it on my own, I really began to learn everything, because you have to.”
The “Midnight Rain” singer said that “establishing visuals” was “always a part of the process” and she liked to involve herself in the creation of her music videos from early on in her career. “The more responsibility I took on, the happier I was,” she said.
As for what fans can expect from her feature film directorial debut, Taylor admitted to being inspired by John Hughes’ signature film, “Sixteen Candles.” She also described being “impressed” by Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape Of Water,” which she watched during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
“In my mind, there was a period in the 1970s where you started to see romantic films where the characters are so beautifully woven together, and then they unravel,” Taylor said, pointing to “Kramer vs. Kramer” as another one of her inspirations.