Robert Zemeckis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are telling their own version of the event that made front-page news in the 1970s, when Philippe Petit and a team of conspirators strung a wire between the World Trade Center towers in New York City so that Petit could perform a high-wire walk hundreds of feet above ground. The story has all the tension and planning of a heist, and the daredevil spectacle of the most insane physical feats, but the real idea underlying Petit’s act was artistic.
Sure, there’s a documentary about the event — Man on Wire, which is a great film, as a matter of fact — but The Walk aims to use effects wizardry and IMAX scale to put audiences right up on the wire with Petit. The first full trailer is now available; check out this new The Walk trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, April 16th, 2015 by Angie Han
Steve Carell is following up his Oscar-nominated performance in Foxcatcher with another high-profile, fact-based feature. He’s signed on to star in Marwencol, Robert Zemeckis‘ adaptation of the acclaimed 2010 documentary by Jeff Malmberg.
Get all the details about the Steve Carell Marwencol project after the jump. Read More »
Robert Zemeckis has just lined up his next project and he’s bringing along one of the biggest movie stars in the world. Brad Pitt will co-star in a currently-untitled “sweeping romantic thriller” directed by Zemeckis and written by Steve Knight. Early reports are that the film is set during World War II. Read a few more details about the Robert Zemeckis Brad Pitt film below. Read More »
This is a story for anyone sick of all the recent Back to the Future Part II posts. Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock, you know that we’re now in the year that Marty McFly goes to as “The Future” in the 1989 sequel. And, of course, lots of things Robert Zemeckis and his team imagined in the film – hoverboards, flying cars, self-tying laces – are not yet real. But did you know those were only the beginning of how deep the film originally went with new technology?
Several pieces of Back to the Future 2 concept art have now been revealed that was created for the film but not actually used. More 2015 technology like a security droid, Robonanny, Compu-vend Kiosk and much more. Check out the Back to the Future 2 concept art below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 by Angie Han
Back when the Twin Towers were still standing, thousands of people walked between them every day. But only one did so 1,350 feet above the ground.
Robert Zemeckis‘ The Walk is the story of that man, Philippe Petit. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays the French high-wire artist as he plans his notorious 1974 stunt, crossing that gap against all odds, all common sense, and all legal restrictions. Watch the first The Walk teaser trailer after the jump. Read More »
If you thought the idea of Christopher Nolan directing Ready Player One was crazy, you may want to sit down for a second.
Earlier this week, we reported that Warner Bros. was reportedly courting the Intersteller director to helm the sci-fi adventure film, written by Zak Penn based on a book by Ernie Cline. It seemed like a pipe dream – Nolan generally develops his own screenplays – but it hinted at the confidence Warner Bros. had in the new script.
Well, it turns out that confidence is very real. Ain’t it Cool News reports not only is Warner Bros. talking to Nolan about it, they’re also looking at Robert Zemeckis, Peter Jackson, Edgar Wright and Matthew Vaughn. Read more about the Ready Player One director short list below. Read More »
Sony Pictures Entertainment has released the first official photo from Robert Zemeckis‘ Flight follow-up The Walk, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as daredevil Philippe Petit. As you probably know, Petit (with the help of a few conspirators) strung a wire between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in 1974, allowing him to do a 45-minute high-wire performance show above the streets of Manhattan. The Walk is based on Petit’s 2002 book To Reach the Clouds: My High Wire Walk Between the Twin Towers which was also chronicled in the 2008 documentary Man on Wire, and now Zemeckis is crafting a dramatized take on the “the artistic crime of the century.” Check out the first official imafes from The Walk, below.
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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. Read More »
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Briefly: Two movies with major star-power were just given slots on the release schedule. The biggest one is To Reach the Clouds, Robert Zemeckis‘ 3D film about high-wire walker Philippe Petit. The film will star Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ben Kingsley. It’ll be out October 2, 2015. Read more about it here.
Then there’s Ricki and the Flash, the Jonathan Demme-directed, Diablo Cody-written drama starring Meryl Streep. It’ll be released June 26, 2015, some much needed counter programming in the packed summer. There’s plot info here. [ERC Box Office]
Posted on Friday, April 25th, 2014 by Angie Han
Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, and Charlotte Le Bon are set to join Joseph Gordon-Levitt on the Manhattan skyline. The trio have just been cast in Robert Zemeckis‘ To Reach the Clouds, about high-wire walker Philippe Petit‘s 1974 attempt to walk between the Twin Towers — 1,350 feet off the ground. Get all the details on their roles after the jump.
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