In honor of the 40th anniversary of Philippe Petit’s walk between the Twin Towers in NYC, TriStar Pictures has released two photos from the film based on Petit’s book To Reach the Clouds. The studio’s also announced the movie’s title. The film is now officially titled The Walk and will open in theaters on October 2, 2015.
Directed by Robert Zemeckis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt takes on the role of Petit with support from Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz, Charlotte Le Bon, Clément Sibony and César Domboy. Zemeckis and Christopher Browne co-wrote the screenplay, and Zemeckis, Steve Starkey, and Jack Rapke produced the film.
TriStar Pictures will release The Walk in both 3D and IMAX 3D.
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 (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.