BREAKING MOVIE NEWS
For twenty-four years, Dan Rather was the face of CBS News. During that time, he broke countless stories and reported on hundreds of world-changing events. Unfortunately, his career is remembered in some circles for only one: The Killian Documents Controversy. The broadcast was a complete fiasco, and now, it’s getting its own movie.
Last year, Robert Redford took on an incredibly demanding solo-role in the shipwreck drama All is Lost. Now, as follow-up to his gritty performance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and his upcoming A Walk In the Woods, Redford is considering joining a biopic that would have him playing charismatic preacher Oral Roberts.
Thanks to its impressive run of crafting quality blockbusters that bring in a huge audience, Marvel Studios has developed a knack for attracting top-tier acting talent, and nowhere is that better illustrated than in the casting of Robert Redford in Joe and Anthony Russo's upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
We can spend weeks reading the tea leaves – and because the Oscar ceremony is still more than a month away, we likely will waste all of that time. My guess is that Hanks split his attention between two performances, and ended up on the short end of the nominee stick in both instances.
Little Miss Sunshine's and former Star Wars: Episode VII screenwriter Michael Arndt adapted the script from Bull Bryson's best-selling memoir A Walk In The Woods: Rediscovering the Appalachian Trail. The movie will star Redford as the author, an American who after spending many years abroad in England decides to reacquaint himself with the glory of the United States by traversing the Appalachian Trail with an ornery old high school friend (Nolte).
Redford stars as this unnamed sailor who was out at sea, alone on his yacht, when disaster struck. Snoozing in his below deck cabin, this man, who I will call Captain, is awakened to the sound of rushing water as a free floating freight container tears a hole in the side of his boat. Rather than panic, our captain instantly and silently begins to assess the situation.
Adapted by celebrated Little Miss Sunshine scribe Michael Arndt, A Walk in the Woods will be a comedy that follows an aging author (Redford) seeking to reinvigorate himself and his career with a treacherous trek of the Appalachian Trail along with his out of shape, alcoholic childhood pal (Nolte). There's no news on when this comedy might kick into production.
Robert Redford helped create the Sundance Film Festival in in 1978, and this past January director David Lowery wowed the audiences of Park City, Utah with his feature Ain't Them Bodies Saints. So it totally makes sense that the two filmmakers would want to team up on a project together - and today they have apparently forged a deal.
A Walk in the Woods will feature Redford playing Bryson and Nick Nolte playing Bryson’s recovering alcoholic friend Stephen Katz as the two men share various observations about the entirety of the world around them as they make the 2,100 mile trek. Considering the beginning of Linklater’s career was filled with existential dialogue-driven films, this seems like a perfect fit on all fronts.
Does this mean Redford will be Sam Jackson’s boss? His superior? And this must mean that S.H.I.E.L.D. will have a major function in the Captain America sequel, even as we learn that A.I.M. will be a big part of Shane Black’s upcoming Iron Man 3.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has featured more than its fair share of truly brilliant actors, from Jeff Bridges to Tommy Lee Jones, to Anthony Hopkins, but now another legend of the silver screen is seemingly ready to make his way into the comic book universe.
Redford and Keaton are eyeing this ensemble piece, which would be centered around multiple characters as they prepare for the busy holiday season. Steve Rogers -- whose credits include Stepmom and P.S. I Love You -- penned the screenplay, which will be directed by Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam).
Redford is set to star in the gritty drama, which will center on one man's efforts to survive when left adrift at sea. There's no word yet on how this poor wretch—to be played by Redford—comes to such a terrifying predicament, but Deadline does offer a curious revelation, calling Redford "the sole castmember" of All is Lost. Does this mean Chandor is actually jumping from a fast-paced ensemble drama to an inevitably slow-paced, singularly set solo-piece?
All Is Lost is described as a "man vs. nature" story and will be set "on the water." That could mean ocean, it could mean river, it could mean oversized above-ground swimming pool. Okay, the former is probably the most likely, because Chandor has been scouting the Baja Film Studios in Mexico, which is the locations of the big-ass water tank used in movies such as Titanic.
In the movie, both Kendrick and Howard will play members of the FBI. Kendrick is an old girlfriend of LaBeouf's character who feeds him information, while Howard is the top man on the case. Gleeson will play a cop who investigated Redford's crimes back in the 1960s, while Elliot will be a player in the marijuana trade that employs Julie Christie's character.