The project sees the actor, currently collecting awards buzz for Manchester by the Sea, reuniting with Lowery after 2013’s crime drama Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.
Based on a 2003 New Yorker article written by David Grann, Old Man stars Robert Redford as Forrest Tucker, a man born in 1920 who, as a lifelong bank robber, spent most of his life in jail or escaping from jail (18 times). Like the article, Lowery’s screenplay retraces Tucker’s twilight years, from his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Tucker was caught by police after a robbery and high-speed chase in 2000 and sentenced to 13 years. He died in 2005.
Affleck will play a detective who becomes captivated with Tucker’s commitment to his craft and a woman who loves him in spite of his chosen profession.
Endgame Entertainment and SPK Pictures are financing the project, with Endgame’s James D. Stern producing alongside Conde Nast’s Jeremy Steckler and Dawn Ostroff. Redford, Anthony Mastromauro and Bill Holderman are also producing. Principal photography is scheduled to begin in early spring 2017 in Ohio.
Rocket Science will handle international sales, commencing at the American Film Market, with WME and CAA handling U.S. domestic rights.
Affleck also will star in and direct Light of My Life, an original indie survival drama that he also wrote, and he is also featured in HBO’s upcoming Lewis and Clark miniseries. He is represented by WME and Ziffren Brittenham.