McCann novel on screen

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An un­likely coali­tion of tal­ents was re­vealed last week when it emerged that JJ Abrams, cre­ator of Lost and di­rec­tor of Star Trek, had al­most com­pleted a deal to adapt Colum McCann’s award-winning novel Let the Great World Spin. The Dublin-born au­thor’s book de­tails the way Philippe Petit’s 1974 tightrope walk be­tween the World Trade Cen­ter (treated, of course, in the doc­u­men­tary Man on Wire) af­fects the lives of var­i­ous fic­tional New York­ers.

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out for a while and work out a struc­ture for the film,” McCann said of the Abrams part­ner­ship. “And then I’ll go away and write it.”

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