After 'Conspirator' Redford Directing 'The Company You Keep'

May 10, 2010

Robert Redford directing The Conspirator

So what do producers like Nicholas Chartier and Greg Shapiro do after winning the Academy Award for Best Picture earlier this year for The Hurt Locker? Chariter says: "I still have exactly the same agenda: Try to find one movie every year that has a little more risk and higher profile." It looks like he may have found that film as Variety briefly mentions one of their future endeavors will see Robert Redford direct an adaptation of Neil Gordon's novel The Company You Keep from a screenplay by writer Lem Dobbs who has frequently collaborated with Steven Soderbergh on films like The Limey and, most recently, the spy thriller Knockout.

The story in The Company You Keep follows small town lawyer and single dad Jim Grant who is unmasked as Jason Sinai, an ex-Weather Underground militant wanted for a deadly bank robbery. Forced to abandon his daughter and go on the lam, Grant embarks on a cross country journey to prove his innocence as he encounters a sprawling cast of drug dealers, bomb-planting radicals turned leftist academics, Vietnam vets, FBI agents and Republicans in search of another former member at large. For a more detailed plot synopsis you can head over to Voltage Pictures website and read all about it.

Sounds like there could be an interesting game of cat and mouse in there, but Publisher's Weekly also says that the book has too many "long-winded, semicoherent debates about the radical excesses of the era that inadvertently evoke marijuana-fueled dormitory bull sessions." I really hope that doesn't mean we're in for another Lions for Lambs, unless of course I end up needing a nice nap when the film is released. This will be quite a quick follow-up to The Conspirator, which Redford is now working in post-production on, and with Oscar winning producers like Chartier and Shapiro attached, this will definitely be one to keep our eyes on.

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