Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Star in Robert Zemeckis’ next film

Clouds-Bandeau1For those of you who thought that Flight wasn’t the best use of Robert Zemeckis as a live action filmmaker, he’s got another movie in mind to try and get you back on board with him. Apparently, Zemeckis is going to film an adaptation of the memoir To Reach the Clouds, which was written by the subject of the documentary Man on Wire, one Philippe Petit. Not only that, he’s apparently going to have Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the lead role. I’m not sure we essentially need a narrative version of the documentary, but I’m curious about this one. Below you can see a little bit more about the book, but I’m always interested in whatever Gordon-Levitt attaches himself to, so this one is on my radar now. As for Zemeckis, he’s made a few of my favorite films of all time (in the top 50, at least), so I’ll keep an open mind for this.

Here’s the Amazon synopsis:

One late-summer day, a feat of unimaginable audacity was perpetrated on the twin towers of the World Trade Center. The year was 1974. A hundred thousand people gathered on the ground to watch in awe as twenty-four-year-old high wire artist Philippe Petit made eight crossings between the all-but-completed towers, a quarter mile above the earth, over the course of nearly an hour.

Petit’s achievement made headlines around the world. Yet few who saw or heard about it realized that it was the fulfillment of a dream he had nurtured for six years, rekindling it each time it was in danger of expiring. His accomplices were a motley crew of foreigners and Americans, who under Petit’s direction had conspired, connived, labored, argued, rehearsed, and improvised to make possible an act of unsurpassed aerial artistry.

In this visually and verbally stunning book, Petit tells for the first time the dramatic story of this history-making walk, from conception and clandestine planning to the performance and its aftermath. The account draws on Petit’s journals, which capture everything from his budgets to his strategies for rigging a high wire in the dead of night between two of the most secure towers in the world. It is animated by photographs taken by two of Petit’s collaborators, and by his own wonderfully evocative sketches and unquenchable humor.

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Written by Joey Magidson

When he’s not obsessing over new Oscar predictions on a weekly basis, Joey is seeing between 300 and 350 movies a year. He views the best in order to properly analyze the awards race/season each year, but he also watches the worst for reasons he mostly sums up as "so you all don't have to". In his spare time, you can usually find him complaining about the Jets or the Mets. Still, he lives and dies by film. Joey's a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.


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