Focus Features has secured the worldwide distribution rights to the UNTITLED FASHION DRAMA that will see There Will Be Blood director Paul Thomas Anderson reteam with actor Daniel Day-Lewis. Focus will finance the $35 million production, eyeing a release date of the second half of 2017, just in time for awards season. The story details are being kept under wraps but the film will be set in and around the couture fashion industry of London in the 1950s.
The project marks the first time that Anderson and Day-Lewis have worked together since 2007’s There Will Be Blood, a film which has since become a critical touchstone after earning Day-Lewis an Oscar for Best Actor for his now-iconic role as Daniel Plainview.
Earlier this year, Focus merged with Universal Pictures International to create a much stronger operation and allow the indie a great measure of reach, one that few other companies of similar size possess. The studio has several releases that it will be screening at the Toronto International Film Festival, including the Civil Rights drama Loving from director Jeff Nichols, Tom Ford’s sophomore effort Nocturnal Animals, and A Monster Calls from Juan Antonio Bayona.
Anderson’s most recent film was last year’s Inherent Vice, an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s novel. Day-Lewis, who also won an Oscar for his performance as Abraham Lincoln in the Steven Spielberg-directed biopic, keeps a famously quiet profile, with only one other film in development – a drama written and directed by his wife Rebecca Miller, Gone to Earth, which he is set to executive produce.
Production is expected to start in early 2017.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor
This news was first reported by Deadline.