Joseph Gordon-Levitt is set to team up with director Robert Zemekis in a film called To Reach the Clouds. It's an adaptation of Philippe Petit's memoir of the same name. For those of you not familiar with the name, he was the subject of the 2008 documentary Man On Wire. He's the high wire walker who made history in 1974 when he walked across a wire strung 1350 feet above the ground between New York City's Twin Towers… without permission.
Zemekis has slowly been pushing the project forward, but with Gordon-Levitt on board as Petit, the production is sure to start picking up some speed. I think Gordon-Levitt is a great choice to take on part, and I think this subject matter will make for a great movie, especially with Zemekis behind the camera.
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.