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In the Works: Robert Redford Set to Star in David Lowery's Next Film, True-Crime Story 'The Old Man and the Gun'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood April 12, 2013 at 2:27PM

Screen icon Robert Redford is attached to star in the next film by David Lowery, who caught plenty of buzz at this year's Sundance with his lyrical Western "Ain't Them Bodies Saints." The new project is "The Old Man and the Gun," an adaptation of David Grann's 2003 New Yorker article.
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Robert Redford

Screen icon Robert Redford is attached to star in the next film by David Lowery, who caught plenty of buzz at this year's Sundance with his lyrical Western "Ain't Them Bodies Saints." The new project is "The Old Man and the Gun," an adaptation of David Grann's 2003 New Yorker article.

The true story focuses on Forrest Tucker, a bank robber who, over the course of his career, boasted 18 escapes from jail, including Alcatraz and San Quentin. Tucker, who died in 2005, is 78 in Grann's article, and still pining to loot more banks -- which he did, getting an additional 13-year sentence after a robbery in 2000.

Lowery's adaptation will focus on one period in Tucker's life, though no specifics have been revealed. Presumably it will be near the time of the article's focus; Redford is now 76.

Redford's "The Company You Keep," which he also stars in, hit theaters last weekend. (Our TOH! Q&A on the film is here.)  He also has Marvel's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" in the pipeline.

"The Old Man and the Gun" will be Lowery's directorial follow-up to "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," while he is also being tapped by Disney to write a reinvented "Pete's Dragon." 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.