A Walk in the Woods trailer

It’s not quite “Grumpy Old Men on the Appalachian Trail,” but A Walk in the Woods mines the memoir by Bill Bryson for the story of two old guys, played by Robert Redford and Nick Nolte, as reconnected friends of old who take to the two-thousand mile trail. The adventure is an excuse for some light, genial comedy as the two struggle through nature, and a few great comic actors, such as Kristen Schaal and Nick Offerman even show up to lend a hand once in a while. You’ll see it all on display in this A Walk in the Woods trailer. Read More »

a walk in the woods premiere

The 2015 edition of the Sundance Film Festival takes place from January 22 to February 1 in Park City, Utah, and the lineup now includes 123 features, among which are 106 world premieres. Today the festival announced ten new films and installations, including the A Walk in the Woods premiere. That’s a Ken Kwapis-directed film starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte (above) based on Bill Bryson’s book about the Appalachian Trail.

Along with that announcement is the programming of another premiere, True Story, about convicted murderer Christian Longo, with Jonah Hill and James Franco starring, and Aardman Animation’s Shaun the Sheep, which will play in the Sundance Kids program. There are also a handful of really interesting new installations scheduled (I always plan to visit some of these and never have time) which you can read about below. Read More »

A Walk in the Woods / Richard Linklater

After trying for the better part of a decade, Robert Redford may finally be able to bring Bill Bryson‘s travel memoir A Walk in the Woods to the big screen. Richard Linklater has just signed on to direct the project, which boasts a recent draft from Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Richard Russo. Redford remains attached to produce and star as Bryson, opposite Nick Nolte as Bryson’s friend Stephen Katz. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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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.