Robert Redford Goes For A Walk
There is nothing to describe the feeling when a book you really enjoy is being made into a movie by someone you canít stand. Itís like all of those psychotic Jane Austen fan-chicks (no guys are into Jane) finding out Jessica Simpson was going to play Emma in a new movie. Thatís sorta how I felt when I heard that an adaptation of a A Walk in the Woods was going to star Robert Redford.
HR reports that Barry Levinson is in talks to direct the movie version of Billy Brysonís best-selling travelogue about his attempt to hike the Appalachian Trail. Levinson would be fine, but the through of Redford playing Bryson is, frankly, depressing. Redford is also planning to produce the movie, which means rather than focusing on the humor of Brysonís attempt it will likely emphasize the finger-wagging environmentalism that I typically skip when re-reading the book.
Itís not certain that Redford will make A Walk in the Woods as his next film. Heís also planning a movie about Jackie Robinson with Thomas Carter directing and him playing Satchel Page (actually Branch Rickey.) I hope that one moves forward and Redford isnít allowed to get his hands on A Walk in the Woods.
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