Date: 8th September 2021
Oscar winners Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman Al Pacino, and Oscar nominee Danny DeVito are all set to star in the noir tale "Sniff" directed by Mirren's husband, Oscar winner Taylor Hackford.
Helmed by Taylor Hackford, the Oscar-winning director behind "Ray", the film follows detective Joe Mulwray (Freeman) and partner William Keys (DeVito) as they investigate a high-end luxury retirement community after the mysterious deaths of two of its residents. What starts out as a normal case quickly turns strange, as the detective duo uncover a hidden underworld of sex, drugs and murder controlled by senior living community kingpin Harvey Stride (Pacino) and his femme fatale enforcer The Spider (Mirren).
Adam Goodman and Matt Skiena will produce through their Dichotomy Creative Group alongside Hackford through his production company Anvil Films.
"I have always been a big fan of film noir but haven't really made one," Hackford said via Deadline. "The whole concept of setting a film noir in an upscale retirement community... these are proliferating all over the United States as the baby boomer generation gets to retirement. There's a lot of money, and people want to live in a beautiful setting. Those are on the brochures, but what Tom Grey did was show what was lurking below the surface."
Hackford added, "I thought it was a brilliant idea and he understood the nature of good noir - the dark story, the incredibly twisted characters - and I thought he had a great handle. Adam and Matt said, ‘It’s yours if you want to run with it.’ I met the writer, Tom Grey, we clicked and worked on it together, him writing and me putting ideas in."
Shooting aims to begin by the end of the first quarter of 2022 with the hope of releasing at the end of next year.
Source: Press Release