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Few filmmakers in the industry have an astute visual eye like Robert Zemeckis. With the likes of Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Flight cramming up his impressive and long-running résumé, the 62-year old director is one of the best in the business when it comes to special effects. So, it’s no wonder he was eager to step up to the plate to helm The Walk, the ambitious tale of Philippe Peti’st daring, death-defying stunt that would see the French wire artist walk the tightrope between the Twin Towers.
Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the renown daredevil, The Walk will see the actor walk across the skyline of Manhattan from an eye-watering 1,350 feet. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Zemeckis touched upon the emotional impact of rendering the Twin Towers on screen and how he wants to instil a palpable sense of vertigo for moviegoers.
“Re-creating the Twin »
- Michael Briers
Seeing the World Trade Center again is bound to rouse strong emotions, but Robert Zemeckis' upcoming drama, The Walk, aims to make it nostalgic instead of distressing—like discovering a new photo of someone who's gone forever. The story is set nearly three decades before 9/11, and the tale is both true-life and death-defying. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Philippe Petit, the French high-wire walker who, in 1974, strung a cable between the two 110-story skyscrapers and walked across it, 1,350 feet above Manhattan. "Re-creating the Twin Towers in a photo-real way—only movies can do that," says Zemeckis (Flight). "The towers are definitely characters in the movie, »
- Anthony Breznican
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we now have a new photo from "The Walk," which is directed by Robert Zemeckis (Flight, Forrest Gump, Cast Away) and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Check it out below. The new movie tells the story of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit's walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center on August 7th, 1974. The dangerous walk, called the "artistic crime of the century," was explored in the award-winning "Man on Wire" documentary. Much of the movie will be about how Petit managed with a small group of relatives and his girlfriend to carefully plan the walk, sneaking up to the top of the Towers at night. They hid until late evening when they strung a 450-pound cable from one building to the other. Petit then stepped off the South Tower for a 45-minute walk to the North Tower. The majority of the film plays like "Ocean's Eleven, »
Palm Springs, CA (December 19, 2014) . The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival(Psiff) will present Academy Award-winning actor Robert Duvall with the Icon Award and Academy Award-nominated director Alejandro G. Iñárritu with the Director of the Year Award for Birdman at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Richard Linklater, Julianne Moore, David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Redmayne, J.K. Simmons, Reese Witherspoon and the cast of The Imitation Game. Presented by Cartier, and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 2-12.
.Robert Duvall gives an outstanding and amazingly realistic performance as Judge Joseph Palmer in The Judge,. said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. .This is sure to be remembered in his long listof iconic character roles, including Tom Hagen in The Godfather films, Gus McCrae in Lonesome Dove, Mac Sledge in Tender Mercies, »
Over the weekend it was announced that Legendary Pictures’ King Kong prequel had undergone a change of name to Kong: Skull Island, as well as having its release date pushed back to 2017, and now it has been revealed that J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man, Whiplash) has signed on to the cast of the monster movie.
Simmons will join the previously announced Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World) in Skull Island, which is being directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) from a script by John Gatins (Flight) and Max Borenstein (Godzilla).
Kong: Skull Island is set for release on March 10th 2017.
- Gary Collinson
Thanks to his wickedly brilliant performance in Damien Chazelle's Whiplash, J.K. Simmons is finally getting the kind of exposure that he deserves. The actor has been cast in Legendary's Kong: Skull Island, which will tell the origin story of the king of apes.
There are no details on what role Simmons will play, but our guess is he'll be part of the team of explorers (led by Tom Hiddleston) who travels inside the "treacherous, primordial island." Based on the talent alone, Kong is shaping up to be a major event. Both Simmons and Hiddleston are incredibly talented (and likable!) actors. We've also got a great writing team onboard, and a director with a fresh take on an age-old figure.
Kong was recently pushed »
- Laura Frances
We’ve gotten used, in recent years, to the softer, more charming side of J.K. Simmons. Still, Whiplash, which arrives here early next year, promises to shatter that once more. So all we can say upon news of his casting in Kong: Skull Island is we fear for Tom Hiddleston. And the ape.There’s no word on exactly what he’ll be doing in the film, which just got that slightly altered name and a release date shift to 2017. Jordan Vogt-Roberts is directing the adventure film, working from the script that has seen input from Godzilla’s Max Borenstein and Flight/Need For Speed’s John Gatins.Hiddleston will be one of a party that's heading to explore the mysterious Skull Island, home to the world’s most famous giant primate, with adventures lurking on its mist-shrouded shores. Expect the movie sometime in March 2017.As for Simmons, he’s »
Just last week, Legendary Pictures retitled their Kong prequel pic and pushed back its release by several months. While the reason for the shift in both date and title weren’t offered, it seems production is still steaming ahead. Courtesy of a Deadline report, we’ve learned that Whiplash‘s hard-hitting mentor, J.K. Simmons has signed on for a role in the renamed, Kong: Skull Island.
Simmons will be joining comic book veteran, Tom Hiddleston, for the trek to Skull Island – home to cinema’s iconic giant ape, King Kong. Set to establish an entirely separate timeline from the events of other Kong films, this rebooted take will follow a gang of explorers who decide to venture deep into the island. Apart from that simple outline, there’s no details on who precisely Simmons will be portraying.
A long-standing character actor, this year Simmons received widespread critical acclaim for his »
- Gem Seddon
Back in September, Legendary revealed that Tom Hiddleston (demigod Loki in the Thor films and The Avengers) will play the lead role in the upcoming Kong: Skull Island, and now another name has been attached to the cast. J.K. Simmons (Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, Juno, and most recently Whiplash) is set to co-star in the film that will bring the king of the apes back to the big screen.
Deadline reports that J.K. Simmons is set to co-star alongside Tom Hiddleston in Kong: Skull Island, a Legendary film that Universal Pictures recently re-scheduled to come out in 3D and IMAX 3D on March 10th, 2017. Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) will direct off a screenplay by John Gatins (Flight) and Max Borenstein (2014’s Godzilla). We’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated on Kong: Skull Island as more announcements are made.
- Derek Anderson
Following his Golden Globe nomination for his critically acclaimed performance in “Whiplash,” J.K. Simmons has landed his next role alongside Tom Hiddleston in Legendary’s King Kong origin tale “Kong: Skull Island.”
The film will focus on the giant gorilla’s mysterious and dangerous world — something previous films in the genre have only touched on. Max Borenstein, who also wrote the screenplay for Legendary’s “Godzilla” reboot, wrote the first draft with “Flight” scribe John Gatins penning a rewrite.
Jordan Vogt-Roberts is directing.
The pic will bow on March 10, 2017.
Simmons is repped by Gersh. Deadline first reported the news.
- Justin Kroll
Legendary Pictures is still moving full speed ahead with their all new King Kong movie, but fans of the giant ape are going to have to wait a little bit longer to see it, as the film has been pushed back into early 2017, but also has a new title and plot synopsis for you to gaze upon. Come inside to learn more!
It's almost 2015 people and you know what that means...It's time for the 2017 movie calendar to start coming into place! Legendary Pictures revealed a "new" plot synopsis for Skull Island over the weekend, in which they reveal the film's new title and change up from it's previous November 2016 release date:
In the spirit of its worldwide blockbuster Godzilla, Legendary Pictures presents a bold new take on the mythos of another iconic beast with Kong: Skull Island, which stars Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers and Thor series). Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Legendary Pictures has pushed back the release date of the upcoming King Kong prequel Skull Island from November 4th 2016 to March 10th 2017, as well as announced that the film has undergone a slight title change and will now be known as Kong: Skull Island. Via Legendary, here’s the official plot description:
In the spirit of its worldwide blockbuster Godzilla, Legendary Pictures presents a bold new take on the mythos of another iconic beast with Kong: Skull Island, which stars Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers and Thor series). Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) and written by John Gatins (Flight) and Max Borenstein (Godzilla), Kong: Skull Island will fully immerse audiences in the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island. Legendary’s story honors the foundations of existing King Kong lore, but places it in an entirely new, »
- Gary Collinson
We’ll have to wait a bit longer to return to Skull Island, home of King Kong and a plethora of prehistoric creatures. Announced by Legendary at San Diego Comic-Con and originally titled Skull Island, the upcoming take on the king of the apes is now called Kong: Skull Island and Universal Pictures has pushed the movie’s release date back several months into 2017.
Initially scheduled to come out on November 4th, 2016, Kong: Skull Island is now slated to hit theaters on Friday, March 10th, 2017. Tom Hiddleston (Loki in The Avengers and the Thor films) will star in the movie, and Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) will direct off a screenplay by John Gatins (Flight) and Max Borenstein (Godzilla). We’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated on Kong: Skull Island as more announcements are made.
- Derek Anderson
In the spirit of its worldwide blockbuster Godzilla, Legendary Pictures presents a bold new take on the mythos of another iconic beast with Kong: Skull Island, which stars Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers and Thor series). Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) and written by John Gatins (Flight) and Max Borenstein (Godzilla), Kong: Skull Island will fully immerse audiences in the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island.
Legendary’s story honors the foundations of existing King Kong lore, but places it in an entirely new, distinct timeline. Thomas Tull (Godzilla, The Dark Knight, Pacific Rim) and Jon Jashni (Godzilla, upcoming Warcraft) will »
- Kellvin Chavez
After Legendary Pictures surprised Comic-Con audiences with the announcement of a new King Kong prequel called Skull Island, the studio hired Kings of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts to get behind the camera and Thor and The Avengers villain Tom Hiddleston to lead the film. The project was announced with a November 4th, 2016 release date, but now Legendary has just revealed that the film has been pushed back to March 10th, 2017. Written by John Gatins (Flight) and Max Borenstein (Godzilla), the film is now called Kong: Skull Island and focuses on the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island. Could Legendary have been afraid of the release of Doctor Strange, slated for that first weekend in November? It's possible, but a five month delay likely just means that they want more time to make sure the »
- Ethan Anderton
The film will be released in 3D. The studio and Legendary announced the 2016 date for “Skull Island” during Comic-Con in July, then disclosed in September that Tom Hiddleston was on board to star with Jordan Vogt-Roberts directing.
John Gatins (“Flight”) and Max Borenstein (“Godzilla”) wrote the script, set in King Kong’s home as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the primordial island. Legendary said the story honors the foundations of existing King Kong lore created in the iconic 1933 film.
Universal also said that Legendary’s untitled “Great Wall” movie has been set for Nov. 23, 2016, release in the U. »
- Dave McNary
Today we have a teaser trailer for the upcoming "The Walk," which is directed by Robert Zemeckis (Flight, Forrest Gump, Cast Away) and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Check out the trailer below, in addition to a poster. The new movie tells the story of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit's walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center on August 7th, 1974. The dangerous walk, called the "artistic crime of the century," was explored in the award-winning "Man on Wire" documentary. Much of the movie will be about how Petit managed with a small group of relatives and his girlfriend to carefully plan the walk, sneaking up to the top of the Towers at night. They hid until late evening when they strung a 450-pound cable from one building to the other. Petit then stepped off the South Tower for a 45-minute walk to the North Tower. The majority of »
Vertigo sufferers be warned, the first trailer for The Walk is here. The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe Petit; the story following his attempt to walk a tightrope wire between the World Trade Towers. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, The Walk has interestingly been shot in IMAX3D, the intention clearly to immerse the viewer in the challenge. This extra viewing element will surely see those not with a head for heights clutching onto their cinema seats for safety.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt took to his Facebook page yesterday to share his enthusiasm for the project:
Here’s the first teaser trailer for The Walk. Robert Zemeckis directed this movie. His resume includes Back To The Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Forrest Gump, Cast Away, Flight, and a ton of other ones I love. (Death Becomes Her). His movies are always visually spectacular, but he also gives you what a lot of »
- Kat Smith
From director Robert Zemeckis comes a take on the story of Phillippe Petit, the man who did a high wire walk between the Twin Tower
It's still just under a year away, but the first trailer for director Robert Zemeckis' next film has just landed. It's his second live action project in a row, following the successful Flight, and this time it's a dramatisation of the story told in the excellent documentary Man On Wire.
The Walk is the name of the film, and it's about Phillippe Petit's high wire walk between the two towers of the World Trade Center back in August 1974. Based on Petit's book - that Zemeckis has adapted with Christopher Browne - The Walk stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the lead role. He's then joined in the cast by Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale and Ben Schwartz.
The Walk arrives in cinemas next October and you »
Here’s a surprise from Sony that wasn’t forcefully revealed by hackers: A first-look teaser for The Walk, the debut feature from Tom Rothman’s revived Sony-based TriStar Productions, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as real life high wire artist Philippe Petit. Robert Zemeckis directs the 3D experiential film set in 1974, when Frenchman Petit attempted a daring cross of the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers, gravity and arrogance his only nemeses. Well, they were simpler times. Petit’s story was immortalized in the Oscar-winning 2008 documentary Man On Wire.
Gordon-Levitt most recently hit the big screen in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and taps a background in gymnastics and add a Petit accent for The Walk, which marks Zemeckis’ latest directorial effort after Flight. Zemeckis co-scripted with Christopher Browne based on Petit’s memoirs and is also producing with ImageMovers’ Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey. Sony has set an October 2, 2015 release. »
- Jen Yamato
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