Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Thomas Anderson to Reteam in New Movie for Focus Features

Toronto: Focus secures worldwide rights to the drama set in 1950s London

Last Updated: September 8, 2016 @ 8:40 AM

Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Thomas Anderson will reteam for a new movie for Focus Features, which just acquired the worldwide rights for the film leading into Toronto International Film Festival.

Anderson wrote the screenplay for the yet untitled film, which is set in the fashion world of London in the 1950s. Production is expected to begin in early 2017.

Anderson and Day-Lewis previously collaborated on 2007’s “There Will Be Blood,” which earned Day-Lewis an Oscar for Best Actor and Robert Elswit an Oscar for cinematography.

Paul Thomas Anderson is a singular storyteller who has the ability to mesmerize audiences by creating complex and fascinating characters,” said Focus chairman Peter Kujawski. “It is our privilege to bring Daniel Day-Lewis‘ reteaming with Paul to movie lovers who have long hoped for their reunion.”

Focus will distribute the film in the U.S. with Universal Pictures handling international distribution.

Megan Ellison‘s Annapurna Pictures is producing the project, with Anderson and JoAnne Sellar producing through his Ghoulardi Film Company.

CAA brokered the deal.

Day-Lewis also won Oscars for his lead performances in “Lincoln” and “My Left Food.” Anderson received Academy Award nominations for his screenplays of “Inherent Vice,” “Magnolia” and “Boogie Nights,” all of which he also directed.

Focus recently released the animated film, “Kubo and the Two Strings,” while Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal drama “Nocturnal Animals” recently made its world premiere at the 2016 Venice Film Festival. Upcoming projects include “The Zookeeper’s Wife” and Colin Trevorrow‘s “The Book of Henry.”