Jordan’s film starring Liam Neeson was made in 1996.
In a new biography by Michael Feeney Callan entitled “Robert Redford the Biography” Redford reveals that his grandmother , who was of Irish background was a huge fan of Collins and often talked about him and that he has retained a fascination for the Irish revolutionary.
The book, which will be available on May 3rd also reveals that it was a major disappointment to him that the film did not get made.
Redford has referred to the Collins project before in a public lecture in 2008 in Dublin when asked if he had wanted to make the movie he responded:"Yes, I did. I remember my grandmother talking about him but I was too young to understand it.
"It's a great story... a guy who flew so close to the sun... so reviled by one side and loved by the other."
Redford added: "When we were shooting 'Out of Africa' I asked a writer to write up a screenplay and a lot of the Irish crew [on the set] said 'that's not a good idea'.
"Then I heard that Neil was working on it. He did a thesis on it so... he got there and I didn't."
In the same interview he stated he would like to own a home in Ireland, “I love Dublin, I love Ireland” he said.