Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk to Open Early in IMAX 3D

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The Walk will get a special early IMAX release.

Audiences at IMAX 3D and other select theaters will have the chance to be the first to experience The Walk, the new motion picture event from Academy Award winner Robert Zemeckis, when it is released exclusively in those theaters on Wednesday, September 30. The film, which has also been chosen as the opening night selection of the New York Film Festival, will then enter wide release on October 9.

Twelve men have walked on the moon. Only one man has ever, or will ever, go where The Walk will take moviegoers. In the film, the director behind Forrest Gump, Cast Away, Back to the Future and Flight, once again uses cutting edge technology in the service of what is targeted to be an emotional, character-driven story. Said to offer innovative photorealistic techniques and IMAX 3D wizardry, The Walk aims to give moviegoers a chance to viscerally experience the feeling of reaching the clouds. A love letter to Paris and New York City in the 1970s and to the Towers of the World Trade Center, The Walk is rated PG, targeting audience members of all ages.

The film offers the true story of a young dreamer, Philippe Petit, and a band of unlikely recruits who together achieve the impossible: an illegal wire walk in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. With little more than nerve and blind ambition, Petit and his ragtag crew overcome daunting physical obstacles, betrayals, countless close calls and overwhelming odds to beat the system and execute their mad plan.

“We’re excited to be part of Sony’s exclusive release for ‘The Walk,’ which was designed for and makes brilliant use of IMAX 3D,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President of IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment, “No one understands IMAX better than our longtime partner Bob Zemeckis – he is an artistic genius who uses all of his expertise to give audiences an edge-of-your-seat thrill that will make moviegoers feel like they are out on the tightrope themselves. We’re excited that our audiences will have the chance to see it first.”

Featuring a screenplay by Robert Zemeckis & Christopher Browne, The Walk is based on the book “To Reach the Clouds” by Philippe Petit, and is produced by Zemeckis, Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz, Charlotte Le Bon, Clément Sibony and César Domboy star.

If you haven’t already seen the trailer for The Walk, check it out right here.

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