For the first time in 37 years, Robert Redford and Jane Fonda will step in front of the camera together on a movie set next week. It was announced today that the screen legends are set to begin principal photography on the Netflix original feature “Our Souls at Night” in Colorado on Sept. 12. It will premiere globally on the streaming service in 2017.
Based on the novel written by Kent Haruf, the film explores the burgeoning romantic relationship between Addie Moore (Fonda) and Louis Waters (Redford), a pair of long-widowed, longtime neighbors living in a small Colorado town.
Fonda and Redford previously starred together in the film version of Neil Simon’s play “Barefoot in the Park” (1967), which Redford had starred in with Elizabeth Ashley on Broadway, and “The Electric Horseman” (1979; pictured). They were also part of the ensemble cast of 1966’s “The Chase,” playing a husband and wife opposite co-stars Marlon Brando and Angie Dickinson.
Ritesh Batra (“The Lunchbox”) will direct “Our Souls at Night” from a script by screenwriting team Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber (“500 Days of Summer,” “The Spectacular Now,” “The Fault in Our Stars”).
News that Redford and Fonda were looking to reunite for the project first surfaced in Sept. 2015.
It’s not the first Netflix project for either star. Fonda stars opposite Lily Tomlin in the Netflix original series “Grace and Frankie,” which has been picked up for a third season, and Redford co-stars opposite Rooney Mara and Jason Segel in Charlie McDowell’s feature “The Discovery,” an acquisition that will premiere on Netflix and in select theaters in the U.S. in 2017.
Today, Netflix also announced that it has acquired global rights to the concert film “Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids,” which will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 13.
Shot on the final date of Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience World Tour at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the film was directed by Jonathan Demme, who has earned acclaim for both his narrative work (including a Best Director Oscar for 1991’s “The Silence of the Lambs”) and concert films such as the Talking Heads’ “Stop Making Sense” (1984) and “Neil Young: Heart of Gold” (2006).
The film was produced by Gary Goetzman (“Olive Kitteridge,” “Mamma Mia!”) for Playtone Productions, which was founded in 1998 by Goetzman (a former child actor seen in such films as 1968’s “Yours Mine and Ours”) and Tom Hanks. Goetzman also produced Demme’s films “Stop Making Sense,” “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Philadelphia” (1993), the latter of which earned Hanks an Oscar for Best Actor.
Rocco Caruso, H.H. Cooper, Rick Yorn, Johnny Wright and Michael Rapino serve as executive producers on “Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids,” which was financed by Live Nation Productions.