Bob Zemeckis & Joseph Gordon-Levitt Adapting 'Man on Wire' in 3D?

January 23, 2014
Source: Twitch

Man on Wire

If you've heard of or seen the Oscar-winning documentary feature Man on Wire, then you already know the story of Philippe Petit and his daring and successful attempt to walk across a wire strung between the now fallen Twin Towers back in 1974. Now Twitch reports (confirmed by Deadline) that Robert Zemeckis will retell the story with a 3D adaptation of To Reach the Clouds, the book written by Petit that recounts the conception, planning and execution of the historical wire walk. Also, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is being eyed to lead the film produced by former Fox head Tom Rothman, by way of the new TriStar Productions.

The source says Rothman got the idea for this adaptation after seeing Gravity on the big screen in 3D, and was thinking about other projects with similar uses of 3D to immerse you in the film, making it more of a trademark experience. Apparently Zemeckis has wanted to do a project on Petit for awhile, and now the he's coming together with Rothman to get it off the ground. Gordon-Levitt's involvement isn't a done deal, but the hope is to shoot late this spring or early this summer, so we'll know soon if they can pull it off. We'll have to wait and see if Zemeckis can turn this story into a theatrical spectacle in 3D. If you want to know more of the story, the original documentary Man on Wire is available on Netflix Instant. Thoughts?

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  • Brian Sleider
    Well this is unnecessary.
  • Wafffles
    I have a friend who gets legitimately scared, sweaty palms, deep breathing, the works just from being "really high up" in video games. Vertigo is irrational and manifests in all sorts of entertainment even when the person is perfectly safe in a seat at ground level; a 3D movie about tightrope walkers a thousand feet in the air is going to lead to some unfortunate, but totally hilarious, movie theater panic attacks.
  • DavideCoppola
  • Man On Wire was absolutely fantastic. I think the story will make for a really great, potentially oscar-worthy, film. Hopefully they can capture the essence of what made the story so great and find the appropriate cast to pull it off properly.




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