Robert Redford gets behind WW2 movie project

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US actor Robert Redford

The actor will produce and possibly direct a feature adapted from Peter Shelton's "Climb to Conquer: The Untold Story of WWII's 10th Mountain Division Ski Troop."

Robert Redford has been announced as a producer on the project, which will focus on a US Army division trained for combat in extreme mountain conditions and deployed to the mountains of the Italian border during WWII. The 77-year-old star may also helm the feature, which would be his first war movie.

Redford, whose last film as a director was the 2012 drama "The Company You Keep," could be compelled to go behind the camera by the story of the 10th Mountain Division Ski Troop, which includes descriptions of battles between Axis forces and the elite troop of American fighters consisting, among others, of professional athletes and academics.

The division in question is known for its tragically high casualty rate: 992 soldiers perished and 4,154 were wounded during the two years it was involved in the conflict. Bill Bowerman, co-founder of the brand Nike, was among those who escaped death while fighting with the 10th Mountain Division.

In addition to his producing projects, Redford continues to appear on screen regularly, most recently in "All Is Lost" and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." He is currently on the set of "A Walk in the Woods," adapted from the book by Bill Bryson.

Production dates for "Climb to Conquer" have not been announced.