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All the President's Men Production Studio

Production Studio

Wildwood Enterprises; Warner Bros.

The 2015 film where Robert Redford plays that old grump grousing his way along the Appalachian Trail could have been renamed to A Walk in the Wildwoods. That's not because it's particularly wild, but because Wildwood Enterprises, which also produced A Walk in the Woods, is Robert Redford's production company.

Basically, if Redford is in it or directing it, Wildwood produced it. In the 1970's, he produced Three Days of the Condor. In the 1980's, he produced Ordinary People. In the 1990's, he produced Quiz Show, A River Runs Through It, and The Horse Whisperer. And the 2000's saw Legend of Bagger Vance and A Walk in the Woods.

All the President's Men is one of the earliest pictures in Redford's producing career, and the production story is almost as interesting as the film itself. Redford approached Woodward and Bernstein to produce a film about their investigation of the Watergate scandal. After a series of clandestine meetings with Woodward that wouldn't be out of place in the movie, Woodward told Redford that he and Bernstein were writing a book, and didn't want to do a movie.

Redford influenced Woodward to make the book less about the crime itself and more about he and Bernstein, the young reporters working to uncover it. The book was published in 1976, and Redford paid $450,000 for the rights to it. Because the book was a bestseller, a budget was set at $8.5 million, and Warner Bros. mandated that Redford to play the lead, which forced him to turn down the lead in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, a role that would go to Jack Nicholson. (Source)

If Hollywood needs an idea for a new film, we don't think they should remake this, but they should do a film about the making of it. All the All the President's Men's Men is a catchy title, don't you think?

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