Up until today, we’ve been referring to Robert Zemeckis’ untitled 3D picture as To Reach the Clouds, since it was adapted from high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s memoir of the same name. Now, courtesy of social media and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Charlotte Le Bon, it looks like the film has been retitled The Walk. Gordon-Levitt plays Petit, whose “artistic crime of the century” saw him and his co-conspirators sneak to the top of the World Trade Center in 1974 in order to make his famous attempt at crossing between the two towers.
Also starring Ben Kingsley and James Badge Dale, The Walk is slated to open October 2, 2015. Hit the jump to check out a behind-the-scenes image of Gordon-Levitt and Le Bon on set of The Walk.
The title change and new set image from The Walk come courtesy of Gordon-Levitt himself via his Facebook page:
Le Bon got in on the fun as well through her Twitter account and posted the same image, hashtagging it #greenscreen just to let us know they weren’t shooting atop a skyscraper. Petit himself shared the image on his own Facebook page, which confirmed that the film was actually shooting in Montreal. You may have heard Petit’s story before, whether in the news or in the 2008 James Marsh-directed documentary Man on Wire (which, coincidentally, is now available to stream on Netflix and/or Amazon), but this will be the first dramatized telling of it.
If reading is more your speed, then take a look at the synopsis from Petit’s memoir, “To Reach the Clouds” (via Amazon):
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 conpired, 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.