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Robert Redford Circling Lead In ‘Margin Call’ Director J.C. Chandor’s ‘All Is Lost’

Written by on December 16, 2011 

After Margin Call garnered critical praise — and some awards attention here or thereDeadline reports that J.C. Chandor is planning his next feature, a man vs. nature film entitled All Is Lost. Plot specifics aren’t being dispensed as of right now, but Deadline notes that the story “takes place on the water.” Deep Blue Sea 2, anyone?

That being said, the real focus of the story is who he’s going after: Robert Redford. As it turns out, Chandor met the actor during 2011’s Sundance — when and where Margin Call premiered — and “was so taken by him that he wrote the movie around him”; he’s currently in talks. The lead is described as a “heroic character who braves the elements to survive,” which is earning comparison’s to the Redford-starring classic, Jeremiah Johnson. If he signs on, the two of them will be going down to Mexico’s Baja Studios, best known for its use on Titanic and Pearl Harbor. Zachary Quinto‘s Before the Door will return from Call to produce, and FilmNation are currently seeking distributors.

We haven’t seen Redford take center stage in some time; his last starring role was one of his own films, (the terrible) Lions for Lambs, with next year’s The Company You Keep to look forward to. I’d love to see him churn out at least a couple of more lead turns before his career comes to a close, and while I haven’t seen Margin Call, praise for the film indicates that Chandor can get strong material out of his actors. With that in mind — so long as the script’s any good, I don’t see why Redford shouldn’t take the job.

Would you be happy to see Redford in another starring role? Were you a fan of Margin Call?

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