Richard Linklater To Take 'A Walk In The Woods' With Robert Redford & Nick Nolte

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by Kevin Jagernauth
April 3, 2013 3:29 PM
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It seems both Richard Linklater and Robert Redford are having a moment. The former will be spending a good part of 2013 doing laps for "Before Midnight," his much anticipated sequel to "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset." Meanwhile, Redford has his latest directorial effort "The Company You Keep" hitting theaters this weekend, a surprising role in the blockbuster "Captain America: The First Avenger," an intriguing near-silent turn in the upcoming disaster pic of sorts "All Is Lost" and a must-read Esquire profile too. So perhaps it makes sense that these two old Sundance pals should decide to work together.

The LA Times reports that Linklater is set to direct "A Walk In The Woods" starring Redford and Nick Nolte, and if it sounds familiar, that's because it is. The project has been developing for years with various filmmaker, and a couple of years ago, Redford and Nolte first became linked, but not much else happened. Until now. Based on the memoir by Bill Bryson, the tale follows a native Iowan who returns home after twenty years in England and decides to walk the Appalachian Trail. Redford would play Bryson, with Nolte as an old friend who joins him on the journey, in what has been described as a comedic version of "Into The Wild." Or maybe like "Before Sunrise," but with two old dudes in the woods? The basic template seems familiar...

Anyway, the film is being financed independently and if all goes according to plan, it will shoot this fall with Redford shepherding drafts of the screenplay, with Richard Russo ("Empire Falls," "The Ice Harvest") the latest to give it a whirl. Sounds almost a bit too easy for all involved, but we'll still be fascinated to see the results. 

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6 Comments

  • James | April 4, 2013 6:29 AMReply

    With a script by Russo? C'mon, this sounds potentially brilliant. Sure Ice Harvest sucks but Russo's novels, with are tonally more similar sounding to this, are sublime.

  • Bob Roberts | April 3, 2013 8:33 PMReply

    I question this... but I have utmost faith in the man Richard Linklater who rocks!

  • Webster Skyhorse | April 3, 2013 5:22 PMReply

    Nolte is one of a kind. No doubt he sees this as an opportunity to make it count. He will elevate the project and bring out the best in Redford and Linklater. WARRIOR, OFF THE BLACK, THE GOOD THIEF. When he shows up to work, HE WORKS.

  • Duddi | April 3, 2013 5:07 PMReply

    Wow this looks fantastic... Finally Bobby Redford Got a good part, cuz he's been struggling recently... Also Nick Nolte looks good, since his comeback with "The Warrior" and who else can pull this together better than Richar Linklater... I'll be looking forward to this one...

  • JT | April 3, 2013 4:31 PMReply

    Said in his recent Esquire cover this was initially supposed to be for he and Newman. Would have killed to have seen that.

  • The Cineass | April 3, 2013 3:46 PMReply

    You mean Redford is in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." Understandable error.

    Excited for "All is Lost."

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