Emilio Estevez and Martin Sheen Will Show Us 'The Way'
by Ethan Anderton
October 2, 2009
No matter what he does, in my mind, Emilio Estevez will always be Gordon Bombay (Minneapolis, Minnesota), coach of the Mighty Ducks. And who would've thought that the Breakfast Club actor would've turned out to be a decent director too? Though the reviews were mixed on Bobby, there's no doubt that Estevez at least knows how to operate behind the camera, even if he's not the greatest screenwriter. Variety announces Estevez's The Way (his fourth feature as writer and director), a family-drama starring Martin Sheen (The Departed), Deborah Kara Unger (Silent Hill), and James Nesbitt (Five Minutes of Heaven).
Spanish actors Angela Molina and Carlos Leal (Broken Embraces), Simon Andreu (Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian), and Eusebio Lazaro (Pan's Labyrinth) also star in the story of "Tom Avery, a Californian ophthalmologist who travels to France to reclaim the body of his estranged son, who died in a storm in the Pyrenees, at one of the startpoints of the Camino de Santiago. Avery cremates his remains, puts them in his son's backpack and starts off on his son's journey to Santiago."
I wonder how the dynamic is between Martin Sheen and Estevez as father and son both working on a film that is so heavy on the connection Tom Avery had (or maybe didn't have) with his son before he died. For Estevez, having his father play the lead role probably makes this story all the more meaningful. The $5 million film is currently shooting in St. Jean-Pied-de-Port and will wrap sometime in November, but there's no word on when it might be released. It was produced independently by both Filmax and Elixir Films but doesn't yet have a distributor. As always we'll keep you posted on any further developments, so stay tuned!