Some proceeds from the upcoming drama "World Trade Center" will benefit a variety of 9/11-based organization, as Paramount follows the charitable path set down early this year by Universal's "United 93."
It was announced on Wednesday (July 27) that 10 percent of the U.S. ticket sales from the movie's first five days (Aug. 9-13) will be distributed amongst four groups.
Of the total donation, 50 percent will go to the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, for the construction of the Memorial's two reflecting pools to be located on the footprints of the original Twin Towers. The other half will be split between Tuesday's Children, the Tribute WTC Visitor Center and the New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund.
"It's our sacred obligation to remember the innocent victims and honor the sacrifice of the many brave individuals who gave their lives in the September 11th attacks," notes Joseph Daniels, acting president of the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation. "This contribution will help ensure that the memory of those heroes lives on through the World Trade Center Memorial. Visitors to the Memorial will be able to reflect upon the enormity of the loss and the triumph of the human spirit -- which are the heart of 9/11. By sharing in the many stories of that day through this film and through the Memorial and Memorial Museum, we celebrate the resolve and spirit of the American people."
Directed by Oliver Stone, "World Trade Center" tells the true story of real life Port Authority Police Officers Will Jimeno (Michael Pena) and John McLoughlin (Nicolas Cage), who were buried in the rubble of the WTC. It focuses on their families at home and on the heroism of their rescuers.