“The Walk” may have tanked at the box office, earning just $10 million in domestic receipts, but director Robert Zemeckis already has another project in his sights—and it’s coming up fast. His untitled World War II-era “romantic thriller,” starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, will arrive in theaters Nov. 23, 2016, a clear indication that distributor Paramount is angling for an awards push.
Written by Steve Knight (“The Hundred-Foot Journey,” “Dirty Pretty Things”), Paramount calls the film a “sweeping” “epic,” though plot details have been few and far between to this point. (IMDb’s synopsis describes an Allied intelligence officer falling in love with a woman who may be a Nazi spy while on a mission in North Africa in 1942—an homage to “Casablanca,” perhaps?) The project will be produced by Graham King, under his GK Films banner, along with Zemeckis and Steve Starkey; Knight, Jack Rapke, Patrick McCormick and Denis O’Sullivan will serve as executive producers.