Helen Mirren, Al Pacino and Morgan Freeman have signed up to star in the film noir reinvention from Taylor Hackford ‘Sniff.’
Mirren, Pacino and Freeman will also be joined by Danny DeVito.
The story follows on from two residents who die under suspicious circumstances in a high-end luxury retirement community. Retired detective Joe Mulwray (Freeman) is pulled back into the action by his former partner William Keys (DeVito), and they uncover a hidden underworld of sex, drugs and murder in the wealthy community controlled by kingpin Harvey Stride (Pacino), and his femme fatale enforcer, The Spider (Mirren). Sniff is an acronym for Senior Nursing Institute & Family Foundation.
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Penned by Tom Grey, Adam Goodman and Matt Skiena will produce through their Dichotomy Creative Group, along with Hackford through his Anvil Films production shingle. Grey will be executive producer.
“I have always been a big fan of film noir but haven’t really made one, though I did make Against All Odds,” said Hackford. “That was a remake of Out of the Past, which is one of the best film noirs ever. I didn’t want to make a shot for shot redo of that, but took it as inspiration.
Production on the film is set for early next year.