Sniff: Taylor Hackford’s All-Star Film Noir, Set in Retirement Home

Morgan Freeman, Al Pacino, Helen Mirren, Danny DeVito Unite for Retirement Home Noir ‘Sniff’

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Freeman: Nigel Parry; Pacino: Brigitte Lacombe; Mirren: Trevor Leighton; DeVito: Daniel Bergeron

Morgan Freeman, Al Pacino, Helen Mirren and Danny DeVito star in “Sniff,” a stylish film noir.

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 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).

Endeavor Content will launch worldwide sales at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), with CAA Media Finance co-representing the U.S.

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. “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.”