So much for the notion of Richard Linklater directing the adaptation of Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods. The film has been in development for a number of years with Robert Redford and Nick Nolte attached to star as two childhood friends who meet up later in life to attempt to walk the Appalachian Trail, making observations about the world around them and catching up with their own lives during the journey. It was reported last month that Linklater was in discussions to direct the comedic pic, but now Screen Daily reports that Redford will instead be taking on directing duties himself.
The film has a script by Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) and is on track to start production later this year should everything come together. Redford most recently helmed the political thriller The Company You Keep and is set to appear in Marvel’s sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He’ll next be seen onscreen in J.C. Chandor’s survival drama All Is Lost.