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Story of 1974 feat – already told in documentary Man on Wire – to be taken on by Forrest Gump's Robert Zemeckis, with Joseph Gordon Levitt set for the lead

Man on Wire's inside man: 'Philippe sucks you in'

A 3D feature film telling the story of Philippe Petit's legendary World Trade Center wirewalk in 1974 looks set to go ahead with Robert Zemeckis, of Forrest Gump and Polar Express renown, at the helm.

French tightrope walker Petit's daredevil traverse of the twin towers – carried out without permission – was brought to the attention of filmgoers in James Marsh's award-winning 2008 documentary Man on Wire. According to Deadline, Zemeckis' version will be "one part protagonist chasing a crazy impossible dream, and another part caper pic", following Petit as he plans the walk with his girlfriend, then breaks into the World Trade Center to actually pull it off.

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