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Emilio Estevez and Martin Sheen Will Show Us 'The Way'

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October 2, 2009

Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez

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!

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  • beavis
    i doubt i'd see this in theatres, but i'll probably rent it. it might be ok and if it isn't .........it sounds like there will be some nice scenery to look at.
  • syn
    *cricket*
  • anon
    script is actually excellent, really well written
  • Thomas
    Looking forward to this as I did El Camino de Santiago in October and actually saw them filming it in St.-Jean-Pied-de-Port.
  • Nicolas
    I have been searching for updates on this movie for a long time, this article itself is kind of old. I have seen the trailer in an Spanish web page. and it looks very good it got me very interested and I really want to see the movie. I have only seen the trailer and read about the script I think critics will love it; and more important of all the audience.
  • jim botman
    I saw the movie "The Way" in Denver last week at a test preview. It was awesome. Beautiful scenery. All the actors are great. Martin Sheen should get nominated for an Oscar! Made me want to travel to Spain and walk the Camino de Santiago. Everyone should see this movie!! Spiritual and uplifting. I am telling everyone I know!
  • A Pilgrim
    Saw this movie at the Toronto International Film Festival. It is truly awesome.
  • Amy
    Apparently there was a screening in the UK within the last week! Is this movie ever going to be in a theater so I can go see it? I'm in Denver, CO.

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