Woods Was Going To Be Redford & Newman

Filmmaker Ken Kwapis has revealed that the upcoming Robert Redford and Nick Nolte drama “A Walk In The Woods” was originally going to feature an on-screen reunion between “Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid” and “The Sting” stars Redford and Paul Newman.

Redford has been planning this adaptation of the 1998 for a decade, but Newman’s death in 2008 led Robert Redford to shelve the project for sometime. Four years later, Redford cast Nick Nolte in “The Company You Keep” and the pair finally got to work together for an extended period of time.

They clicked, and as a result Redford decided to proceed with “A Walk In The Woods” again. Kwapis tells Cinema Blend:

“They had never worked together before. And although their paths probably crossed over the years they didn’t really know each other. So they worked on that film. They only had a few scenes together but they got on splendidly. After Bob wrapped The Company You Keep, he pulled the script for A Walk In The Woods off the shelf and said, ‘Nick’s the right one. Nick was born to play this role.'”

The film premiered at Sundance earlier this year and is now slated for a wide release from Wednesday.