Abrams Eyes ‘Let the Great World Spin’

Novel is built around Philippe Petit’s tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers

Last Updated: December 11, 2009 @ 10:19 AM

Colum McCann’s National Book Award-winning novel "Let the Great World Spin" looks to be coming to rest at Bad Robot.

J.J. Abrams is working out a rights deal to spin a feature from McCann’s sprawling period piece. Abrams would produce — with McCann adapting the screenplay — at Paramount, where Bad Robot resides. The Gotham Group, which reps McCann, also is producing.

"Spin," McCann’s fifth novel, was published in June by Random House. Built around Philippe Petit’s real-life "artistic crime of the century" — when the Frenchman illegally walked a tightrope strung between the World Trade Center towers in August 1974 — "Spin" follows an ensemble cast of characters struggling throughout New York.

Read more at the Hollywood Reporter.