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Robert Redford to Take Bill Bryson's Walk in the Woods

Robert Redford to Take Bill Bryson's Walk in the Woods

There's a lot of great post-Sundance news out there, but this story is really making me smile: Festival founder Robert Redford has said that his next project will be an adaptation of A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson's best-selling book about an attempt to walk the Appalachian Trail. Redford plans to play Bryson, and Barry Levinson is expected to direct the film.

I'm getting a kick out of the idea of Redford as Bryson, who was an overweight, out-of-shape man edging toward a mid-life crisis when he decided to walk the trail in 1997 (that's the real Bryson up there on the right). And apparently, so is Redford, who told the Associated Press "I don't know when I've read a book that I laughed so loud."

Redford also noted that the landscape of the country will be a big part of the film as Bryson and his hiking companion, Stephen Katz, make their way along the trail. (In the book, the two men didn't finish their hike — so do you think the movie will get a Hollywood ending?)

Other than making me want to read A Walk in the Woods again, this news makes me wonder: Who's going to play Katz? Their hilarious banter is one of the best parts of the book. Any suggestions?

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reader reader 8 years
I am reading A Walk in the Woods for the second time. It is laugh out loud funny!. Please do not make Robert Redford the main character. He was no Denys Finch Hatten even though I liked Out of Africa. Paul Giamatti would be the perfect lead for this picture and Katz should be played by the guy who played Elaine's boyfriend on Seinfeld (Patrick Warburton) or Kevin James.
julie11 julie11 9 years
just hearing the name of this book brings an ear to ear grin to my face ... it was one of the most enjoyable reads I have ever had and I am a bookworm!
piesecki piesecki 9 years
*Love* the book, I'd like to see Dustin Hoffman as Katz maybe...
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
I love Bill Bryson. :) I hope the movie does it some justice... I have a feeling it will.
JenBrett JenBrett 9 years
this movie has already come and gone once. it was supposed to star Redford and Paul Newman but it got put on hold. i hope it happens this time, it was going to shoot here in NC.
verily verily 9 years
I'm not familiar with the book, but I think I will need to go pick it up now!
emalove emalove 9 years
This is my ex-boyfriend's favorite book...he left it here when he moved out, but I have yet to read it. I think I might now.
JBelle80 JBelle80 9 years
Such a funny book! I think it should be Robert DeNiro. He showed such an amazing capacity to be irritating in Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers - I think he'd be perfect as Katz. I hope they do the beauty Appalachian Trail justice, and I think with Redford playing any part in it, they will.
amers230 amers230 9 years
well i love bill bryson, but for some reason i haven't read this one yet! v. exciting news though, i think he's hilarious :)
clareberrys clareberrys 9 years
That makes me so excited!!! A Walk in the Woods is one of my most favorite books! This will definitely be a hilarious movie! I can't wait!
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