Walking takes up a large part of Peter Weir's The Way Back, starring Colin Farrell, Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris and Saorise Ronan, a 1940 survival adventure inspired by Slavomir Rawicz's novel The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom. The trailer looks a tad more thrilling (below) than the movie really is, says Kris Tapley during this week's Oscar Talk. He raves about the film, which debuted at Telluride.
National Geographic Films, which is run by ex-Miramax chief Daniel Battsek, financed the film with Imagenation Abu Dhabi. Battsek is coordinating an Academy campaign with Chris Ball of Newmarket, who has started the new distribution wing Wrekin Hill Entertainment. They're giving the film a one-week qualifying run December 29, followed by a 500-screen break January 21. So with tender loving care from them and Cynthia Swartz of 42 West, do not discount the Oscar chances of this movie directed by Weir, a six-time Oscar nominee (Witness, Master & Commander). These people can boost a movie into contention.