We’ve already got Philippe Petit’s book, To Reach the Clouds, and the Academy Award-winning documentary, Man on Wire, so director Robert Zemeckis certainly had his work cut out for him when it came to making The Walk a unique and worthwhile retelling of Petit’s incredible true story. Joseph Gordon-Levitt leads the film as Petit, the high-wire artist who became obsessed with completing a walk between the towers of the World Trade Center.
With The Walk making its way into IMAX theaters on September 30th and then expanding on October 9th, I got the opportunity to sit down with Gordon-Levitt and co-stars Charlotte Le Bon, James Badge Dale and Ben Schwartz to discuss their experience working with Zemeckis. Find out why they think he’s a standout director in the video interview below and, in case you missed it, click here to check out my review of the film.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Walk:
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.