Posted on Thursday, August 7th, 2014 by Russ Fischer
Today is the 40th anniversary of Philippe Petit‘s wild walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center. The death defying act, in which Petit performed a high wire act on a wire covertly strung between the two towers, is chronicled in Robert Zemeckis‘ new film, The Walk. That’s the final title for a film which has borne a few different names over the past few months. (The story is also told in James Marsh’s excellent documentary Man on Wire.) To celebrate the anniversary and the completion of production, star Joseph Gordon-Levitt appears in a video commemorating the anniversary and inviting HitRecord fans to share their own impossible dreams.
The Walk also stars James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz, Charlotte Le Bon, Clément Sibony and César Domboy. Here’s a pic of the cast in their period-appropriate costumes.
This is Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s video message.
The film is based on Philippe Petit’s book To Reach the Clouds, (which was once the title of the film), and Zemeckis wrote the screenplay with Christopher Browne.
The Walk will be released on October 2, 2015.
Twelve people have walked on the moon, but only one man has ever, or will ever, walk in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. Guided by his real-life mentor, Papa Rudy (Ben Kingsley), and aided by an unlikely band of international recruits, Petit and his gang overcome long odds, betrayals, dissension and countless close calls to conceive and execute their mad plan. Robert Zemeckis, the director of such marvels as Forrest Gump, Cast Away, Back to the Future, Polar Express and Flight, again uses cutting edge technology in the service of an emotional, character-driven story. With innovative photorealistic techniques and IMAX 3D wizardry, The Walk is true big-screen cinema, a chance for moviegoers to viscerally experience the feeling of reaching the clouds. The film is a love letter to Paris and New York City in the 1970s, but most of all, to the Towers of the World Trade Center.