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Based on travel writer Bill Bryson’s popular book A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, the movie is finally taking shape. IM Global is taking the film to the Cannes Film Market for Route One Films, which is producing.
WME is representing domestic rights, while a summer start date is being eyed. Producers include Route One’s Jay Stern, Chip Diggins and Russell Levine.
Richard Linklater had been in the mix to direct but fell out in recent days. At that point, Redford decided to take over the directing reins, according to insiders.
Bryson’s book recounts his attempt to walk the Appalachian Trail with a friend (that role hasn’t been cast).
It’s possible that IM Global will bring in Redford to meet with foreign buyers in Cannes, since his film All Is Lost is making its world premiere at the corresponding Cannes Film Festival.
Redford is repped by WME.
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