February 19, 2008–Discovery Films and Magnolia Pictures have announced a deal for North American theatrical and DVD distribution of James Marsh's Sundance 2007 documentary, “Man on Wire.”
The story of Frenchman Philippe Petit's infamous tightrope walk between the two towers of the World Trade Center, the film won both the World Cinema Grand Jury and audience awards at the festival last month. A late-summer theatrical release is in the works.
“Man on a Wire” is based on Petit's book, “To Reach the Clouds” and was produced by Wall to Wall, in association with Red Box Films for Discovery Films, the BBC and the UK Film Council. Josh Braun from Submarine brokered the deal with Tom Quinn, Dori Begley and Jason Janego from Magnolia Pictures.