'Borat' Director Taking Redford & Nolte on Comedic 'Walk in the Woods'
by Ethan Anderton
November 1, 2013
Though writer Michael Arndt may not be scripting Star Wars: Episode VII anymore, that doesn't mean he doesn't still have work coming to the big screen. In fact, Deadline reports director Larry Charles will bring Arndt's script A Walk in the Woods to life, and Robert Redford and Nick Nolte are slated to star. Those names might make you think that Charles is looking to get into the dramatic game, but the film is actually a road trip comedy following Bryson, an aging travel writer an Iowa native who has been living in England for 20 years, as he aims to reconnect with America by hiking the 2,100 mile Appalachian Trail.
But his connection with the homeland isn't smooth as he learns some hard lessons about being a woodsman, falling into plenty of mishaps and problems, many hilarious conundrums. Along the way he encounters a group of terrible Boy Scouts and a seemingly always lost old man named Chicken John. Making things worse is Bryson's grumpy hiking partner Katz, a reformed substance abuser and high school friend who he's been avoiding for years. The film is based on Bill Bryson's comedic travel and nature centric book.
Redford was once slated to direct this himself, but the project is now in the hands of Charles, who describes the project as "an epic, intense, absurd journey through our collective past, present and future. A journey outward and inward. A journey into darkness but also into the light. And I am honored and humbled to take that walk with Robert Redford and Nick Nolte. Two true bonafide icons of American cinema. Does anyone have bug spray?” Charles is best known for his work with Sacha Baron Cohen on Borat, Bruno and The Dictator and also episodes of "Curb Your Enthusiasm." A comedy like this in his hands with Nolte and Redford sounds like a wild idea that could work out spectacularly. Sound good?