J.J. Abrams has got the film rights for the novel of Colum McCann (“Let the Great World Spin“), who also has received the National Literary Prize in November. The author personally will supervise the adaptation of his book. The company “Bad Robot” and “The Gotham Group” will be screening the picture for the “Paramount Pictures”.
The action of the source is taking place in 1974 New York; a key episode of the book – the famous passage of Frenchman Philippe Petit which was held on 7 august, a tightrope was stretched between the twin towers of the World Trade Center (see the documentary film “Man on Wire” which won an Oscar in this year”). Among the heroes of the densely populated novel – A young Irish monk living among the prostitutes in the Bronx; a group of mothers mourning their sons, killed in Vietnam, in a Park Avenue apartment; and a 38-year-old grandmother and her teenage daughter… Roads and paths of numerous characters intersect, creating unrealistic, sometimes grotesque pictures of New York life.