Will replace Richard Linklater as director.

It appears that Robert Redford has decided to pull double-duty on the upcoming adaptation ‘A Walk in the Woods,’ as numerous outlets are reporting that the “Sundance Kid,” who has long been attached to star, has now signed on to take the director’s chair.

Set to co-star Nick Nolte, the comedic tale is based on Bill Bryson’s popular travel memoir ‘A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail,’ and centres on a veteran writer (Redford) who in a bid to revitalise his life heads off on the perilous Appalachian Trail with his overweight, recovering alcoholic friend (Nolte). Along the way, the friends make sly observations about the world around them and their own lives.

As reported last month, Richard Linklater (‘Before Midnight’) had been lined up to direct but the deal fell apart in the last week.

The most recent draft for the film comes from Oscar-winning scribe Michael Arndt (‘Little Miss Sunshine’).

Chip Diggins and Bill Holderman are on board to produce.