1. The Walk (opened in IMAX only last week, now opening everywhere)
Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Based on the (non-fiction) book “To Reach the Clouds by Philippe Pettit
Screenplay by Robert Zemeckis & Christopher Browne
Produced by Robert Zemeckis, Steve Starkey, Jack Rapke, & Tom Rothman
Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon, Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz
Music by Alan Silvestri
Cinematography by Dariusz Wolski
Edited by Jeremiah O’Driscoll
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
In 1974, high-wire artist Philippe Petit famously made his unauthorized tightrope walk between the towers of the World Trade Center. An award-winning documentary about the feat, Man on a Wire, was released in 2008. This film is an adaptation of Petit’s memoir, “To Reach the Clouds.” Much of the film’s appeal comes from the combination of the star, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and the Oscar-winning director, Robert Zemeckis.
For those unaware, Robert Zemeckis’ films include Romancing the Stone, the Back to the Future trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Death Becomes Her, Forrest Gump (for which he won the 1994 Academy Award for Best Director), Contact, What Lies Beneath, and Cast Away. He then moved into an animation phase of his career with The Polar Express, Beowulf, and A Christmas Carol, before returning to live-action with Flight. A one-time protégé of Steven Spielberg, he has been a major force in the film industry for decades now, and seeks to continue his legacy of great films with this movie.
Directed by Joe Wright
Based on “Peter Pan” characters created by J.M. Barrie
Written by Jason Fuchs
Produced by Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, & Paul Webster
Starring Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, Amanda Seyfried
Music by John Powell
Cinematography by John Mathieson & Seamus McGarvey
Edited by William Hoy & Paul Tothill
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
The latest in Hollywood’s craze to dive into every franchise that has ever been, and lately, to tell the “secret origin.”
The film comes from Joe Wright, who has made critically acclaimed and award-winning material in the past with Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, The Soloist, Hannah, and Anna Karenina. It is written by Jason Fuchs, who is also writing the Wonder Woman movie for Warner Bros., and co-produced by Greg Berlanti, known to DC Comics fans as the co-writer and producer of the Green Lantern film, as well as the co-creator of the television series Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl.
Newcomer Levi Miller plays Peter Pan in this story that tells of how he came to be in Neverland, featuring Garrett Hedlund as a young Captain Hook who starts out as Peter’s friend, and Hugh Jackman as the main villain, the pirate Blackbeard.
Also opening in LA and New York only this week is Steve Jobs, which opens wide on October 23rd.