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Sony has set release dates for the first two films from Tom Rothman‘s TriStar Productions — Jonathan Demme‘s Ricki and the Flash and Robert Zemeckis‘ untitled biopic about high-wire artist Philippe Petit, who walked between the World Trade Center towers.
Zemeckis’ 3D movie stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Petit, and will debut Oct. 2, the same weekend that Gravity debuted last year. The untitled film, pitched as a fun caper meant for all age groups, is based on Petit’s memoir To Reach the Clouds and also stars Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon and James Badge Dale.
“These are auspicious dates with a great history,” Sony vice chairman Jeff Blake said when announcing them. “We are confident that summer moviegoers will respond to another classic Meryl Streep character, and in the fall, as we saw with Gravity on this same date, the first weekend in October is prime real estate for a visually stunning 3D experiential film.”
Ricki and the Flash will open opposite Universal’s Ted 2, while the Zemeckis movie goes up against Fox’s Frankenstein and Focus Features’ sequel London Has Fallen, a sequel to action movie Olympus Has Fallen.