Robert Redford to direct/star in A Walk In the Woods

The Company You Keep director and actor Robert Redford has decided to take the bull by the horns; instead of finding someone to direct an adaptation of Bill Bryson’s book A Walk In the Woods, he’ll do it himself. Bryson’s memoir about an aging author’s comedic trip along the Appalachian Trail with his childhood friend has been on Redford’s list of projects since 2005. It was originally meant to be a reunion vehicle for him and The Sting co-star Paul Newman. Unfortunately, Newman passed away in 2008, stalling plans for the movie. After talks with numerous directors failed, Redford decided to direct, produce and star in the adaptation himself. So far, only The Thin Red Line actor Nick Nolte is on board to co-star. Michael Arndt, who penned Little Miss Sunshine and Toy Story 3, will write the screenplay. There’s no further news on the production timeline but Redford will likely promote the sale of the movie at Cannes later this month. ~Cassie Jasinski

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