Robert Redford's movie A Walk in the Woods opened at the Sundance Film Festival to critics who seemed to be more lost in the woods than delighted with this popular story of two friends on a trek along the Appalachian Trail.
Broad Green -- founded by brothers Gabriel and Daniel Hammond because they always wanted to make movies together -- made the highest bid for rights to distribute A Walk in the Woods.
According to Variety, "The massive high-seven-figure deal is reportedly the second biggest P&A commitment at the [Sundance Film] fest, behind Dope's $18 million deal."
The costs of "P&A" -- prints and advertising -- will be covered by Broad Green, among other costs.
There is still no firm word on when the film will be released by Broad Green and A Walk in the Woods was not listed on their website as of February 3, 2015.
A Walk in the Woods is being called a "dramedy" in the press since it premiered on January 23. Ken Kwapis directed with Nick Nolte, Nick Offerman, Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen and Kristen Schaal, in addition to Robert Redford.
Rick Kerb and Bill Holderman wrote the film script. The movie was produced by Chip Diggins, Bill Holderman and Redford.
Redford and Nolte portray Bill Bryson and Bryson's pal "Stephen Katz" who decide to hike the Appalachian Trail although both are well beyond their prime hiking years.
They didn't reach all of their goals, but some of the more humorous lessons they learned along the way make the book -- and perhaps the movie -- a pleasant diversion.
Bryson's work was first published in 1998 and has brought smiles and dreams of hiking the Appalachian Trail ever since. Redford acquired the rights to turn the book into a movie back in 2005, when he hoped to co-star with Paul Newman, who has since passed away.
There is no doubt that I will watch the movie and probably enjoy it. A Walk in the Woods cannot possibly be worse than watching more reruns of Gilligan's Island, Star Trek or The Matrix.
Although nothing compares to turning everything off but life itself and going outdoors for a hike ... preferably on the Appalachian Trail ... a couple of hours indoors watching Redford and The Gang sounds like fun.
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