THR’s RiskyBizBlog reports that Robert Redford will direct The Conspirator, a film about Mary Surratt, said to be an accomplice of Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth. While this movie is a far cry from Steven Spielberg’s intended biopic about the President, nonetheless it is a bit surprising to hear about another major director taking on a project so close to Lincoln when Spielberg isn’t yet able to get his own financed. Read More »
I’ve already told you about Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem – and more than once – but the status of several more films from Voltage Pictures upcoming slate has now come to light. Voltage are a sales and financing company, and they’re now out in Berlin to drum up interest for their projects at the EFM – European Film Market. Screen Daily have the dish on the lot.
Robert Redford‘s “romantic thriller” The Company You Keep seems to be the one getting the big push. Set to film in July, this one suits Redford down to the ground as it “tells of a former radical activist who goes on the run for the sake of his young daughter after his identity is revealed.” I assume director Redford will also take the lead role of Jim Grant, former Weather Underground man who played a part in a “bank robbery gone wrong” because, frankly, there’s nobody better for the part. And while there’s definitely an obvious whiff of Sneakers about this, Neil Gordon’s source novel is very different in most respects.
Read More »
After mentioning it in various interviews over the years, Robert Redford has announced that his adaptation of Bill Bryson’s nonfiction bestseller A Walk in the Woods will be his next project, with director Barry Levinson said to be on board as well. The meaning of the film’s title is literal, and the plot follows Bryson and his crass, fat ex-alcoholic friend as they attempt to hike the Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgie to Maine. Only 10-25 percent of those who attempt the hike in its entirety are said to succeed; after much deliberation, Bryson and co. did not.
“It’ll be fun. I don’t know when I’ve read a book that I laughed so loud,” Redford said to the AP. “Also it’s a chance to take a look at the country. …The backdrop is pretty terrific, if you stop to think of all the visuals that are possible as they go along that trail.”
At one point, Redford was trying coax his friend and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid co-star, Paul Newman, to play the friend, but no word if that remains the case. Personally, I doubt it. After Woods, Redford said he will hop on the gestating Untitled Jackie Robinson Project to star as influential Brooklyn Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey for director Thomas Carter. Redford described the film as an “inside, down to the mats story.”
While a bigger audience probably awaits A Bloody Run in the Woods, I’m a sucker for growing-old-is-cool wilderness films like Redford’s A River Runs Through It from 1992. To bad he’s not directing this one, as he has a killer eye for such imagery, much more-so than on war polemics like Lions for Lambs, but he’s clearly hands-on here.
Last month we had the chance to sit down with director/star Robert Redford at a roundtable to discuss his new film Lions For Lambs. In Lambs, Redford stars alongside Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise in “a powerful and gripping story that digs behind the news, the politics and a nation divided to explore the human consequences of a complicated war.” In the interview, Redford discusses the political issues inherent in the film. Lions for Lambs hits theaters on November 9th.
Question: Been a crazy day so far?
Robert Redford: Ahh…No, no, it’s a beautiful day. Physically, it’s a beautiful day. What I don’t like, and you should know about it, is those for minute sound byte interviews, that’s hard. I said look, I’d rather not do that. I’ve done that. I don’t think anybody likes it. I don’t think the press likes it. The subjects don’t like it, and, Ah, I know, It doesn’t do any good anyways so if we can have be a little more relaxed. So, today’s fine.
Question: You will have a question to answer tonight in a screening with students. So what does that mean to you, to like go out with students and show them, like what do you hope to get out-
Robert Redford: It was my idea, um, to do that. When we were talking about promoting the film I knew it would be difficult because there were so many films out and business is changing so much in terms of distribution, marketing and all that. So I knew it was going to be very, very hard. And I said, I don’t want to do, the normal stuff, the press junkets we got to do in hotels, me and tons of people. Everybody has to act like they’re interested and excited in so on and so forth, so I said, I’d rather go, to the areas and meet the preferred groups, ya know, take time. And I would be particularly interested because of the film and what the film is about, to, to involve young people to go to schools, go near colleges, see what they think, because fundamentally, if you’ve seen the film, in the last moment, it is about the future. It goes to the young man, what’s he gonna do? We don’t provide the answer, it’s simply meant for you to think about. And why not put that in front of students and let that, be curious what they have to say.
Read More »