After almost a decade of developing the 9/11 thriller, Against All Enemies, Robert Redford has decided not to direct it. As initially reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Redford abandoned the film due to scheduling conflicts, as he will be promoting Ken Kwapis’ A Walk in the Woods and the Dan Rather/George Bush/National Guard drama, Truth, this fall, when Enemies was slated to begin shooting.
Enemies is based on Richard A. Clarke’s best-selling memoir, which accused the Bush Administration of ignoring major intelligence clues that resulted in the 9/11 attacks. Redford’s Truth director, Jamie Vanderbilt, wrote the screenplay. Against All Enemies was a project that fit right in Redford’s political wheelhouse; from All the President’s Men to Lions for Lambs to Truth, he’s frequently pursued stories that challenged the political establishment (especially Republicans). But A Walk in the Woods is a personal film for him and Truth, which co-stars Cate Blanchett and Elisabeth Moss, is being positioned as an awards contender. Apparently, there just wasn’t enough time for Redford to fulfill his obligations to all three projects.
Redford will produce a three-part documentary for the BBC with Jack White, T Bone Burnett this fall, and he’s set to appear in 2016’s Pete’s Dragon.