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J.J. Abrams to produce 'Let the Great World Spin'

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Lost creator and Star Trek director J.J. Abrams is working out details to set up a movie version of Colum McCann’s National Book Award-winning novel Let the Great World Spin at Paramount, according to The Hollywood Reporter. McCann’s novel, his fifth, was published in June and will be adapted by the author. Abrams will produce. The story follows a group of characters struggling in New York City and is focused on Philippe Petit’s real-life crime, which saw the Frenchman walk a tightrope that went from one tower of the World Trade Center to the other in 1974.