Fox Searchlight has announced David Lowery’s “The Old Man and the Gun” will make its debut in theaters October 5th, 2018.
The film, which spent two days last May shooting at the Liberty Center, from atop the Talbott Tower and on Second Street in downtown Dayton, is said to be the final screen performance for star Robert Redford. The film, also starring Casey Affleck, Danny Glover and Sissy Spacek is the true story of Forrest Tucker (played by Redford), who escaped prison at age 70 and went on an unprecedented string of heists. Casey Affleck plays the detective who becomes obsessed with Tucker, while Sissy Spacek is the love of Tucker’s life. The October opening suggests a fall film festival debut at Venice, Telluride, or Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
FilmDayton reports that in just the two days of filming in Dayton brought an economic impact of over $208,000 to the region. With a crew of over 100, over 75 extras and the cast, the production company payed for parking in the Arts Garage, booked rooms at the UD Marriott, ordered food from Marion’s Piazza, Lucky’s, Table 33, Boston Stoker and Dorothy Lane Market. They payed location fees to Liberty Tower, Key Bank, Talbott Tower, 1st Financial, contracted with the Dayton Police and payed rental fees to Art’s Rental, Enterprise Rent A Car and Dayton Cultural Arts Center.
The increase in interest and visits to our building increased substantially and we loved sharing the history so many people. We’ve had so many first time visitors since the filming. The number of requests from photographers to shoot in the building has also sky rocketed. The exposure has been great for the building and is encouraging to us as we work to repurpose this historical site.”
Jenna Kreitzer, Building Manager of Liberty Tower
We had the opportunity to be part of the movie by doing the dry cleaning and laundry needed by the costume department. We hope to continue being useful to the film industry in ONE way or another.”
Carl Ballachino, Owner at Reiber Cleaners
We were unsure what to expect with the street in front of our business closed down for 2 days, we didn’t get our normal lunch time pop of business, but it turned out our sales were higher than usual, We had so many first time guests who’d come down to enjoy the excitement of the stars and the filming. Our guests and staff were excited by the star sightings and overall it was a great experience.
Chris Harrison, Table 33 Owner
The Old Man and The Gun was filmed here taking advantage of The Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit, which provides a refundable, transferable tax credit of 30 percent on production cast and crew wages plus other eligible in-state spending.Currently at $40 million year, the credit would increase to $100 million annually under House Bill 525, which is awaiting legislative action to expand program.