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Robert Zemeckis might finally get back to directing live-action with Flight

Apr. 20, 2011by:

It's been a decade since director Robert Zemeckis put flesh-and-blood humans (and one volleyball) on screens, but now Paramount is hoping to lure him away from his "performance capture" animation obsession with a new project called FLIGHT, according to Deadline.

And if you were hoping for something imaginative and momentous like BACK TO THE FUTURE, or a fun adventure like ROMANCING THE STONE, or an exceptional artistic mix like WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT... no such luck.

FLIGHT is apparently a straight drama about an commercial pilot who manages to safely land a malfunctioning passenger jet. The FAA later realizes he was drunk and high, but covers it up in favor of the hero story. The pilot tries to deal with his undeserved status as the airline struggles to keep it secret from the public.

THR says Denzel Washington is attached to star, which does make it moderately more interesting.

The script comes from John Gatins, who also wrote REAL STEEL... a futuristic robot boxing movie that honestly sounds more like something appropriate for Zemeckis but is instead directed by the guy who made DATE NIGHT and THE PINK PANTHER remake.

We'll see if this one comes to life better than any of the other non-CG projects Zemeckis has been linked to in the past few years (DARK LIFE, TIMELESS, THE WIZARD OF OZ remake), or if he just drifts back to his computerized creepers in his YELLOW SUBMARINE remake or another performance captured project.

Extra Tidbit: Do you still want a ROGER RABBIT sequel from Zemeckis?
Source: DeadlineTHR

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6:28PM on 04/22/2011
I cant see zemekis doing this project as soon as you said Denzel was looking to be attached i could only see tony scott directing this and turning into a Michael bay disaster film. I honestly havent seen a good denzel film since John Q or Training day.
I cant see zemekis doing this project as soon as you said Denzel was looking to be attached i could only see tony scott directing this and turning into a Michael bay disaster film. I honestly havent seen a good denzel film since John Q or Training day.
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10:48AM on 04/21/2011
Sounds like it could be interesting. In fact this sounds about as far removed from all the work he's been doing lately so it's probably a good move for him. This could be a project to remind him that there's more to movies than mo-cap / animation / special effects.

And no, a Roger Rabbit sequel would be bad. I don't think it could recapture that magic the original had. Not to mention the original would probably be rated PG13 now, and they'd force Zemeckis to water it down. Seriously, watch
Sounds like it could be interesting. In fact this sounds about as far removed from all the work he's been doing lately so it's probably a good move for him. This could be a project to remind him that there's more to movies than mo-cap / animation / special effects.

And no, a Roger Rabbit sequel would be bad. I don't think it could recapture that magic the original had. Not to mention the original would probably be rated PG13 now, and they'd force Zemeckis to water it down. Seriously, watch that movie again, the tone, the plot, the characters - you don't see that done in many PG flicks today. It would be deemed too mature for a "family" audience nowadays.
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8:49AM on 04/21/2011
This guy is such a talented director that I wish he would go back to live action flicks instead of wasting time on developing performance capture flicks that will never see the light of day. This would be like Paul Thomas Anderson trying out performance capture films instead of doing what he already does very well - produce high quality movies better than 90% of other directors out there. It's just frustrating because the guy isn't getting any younger.
This guy is such a talented director that I wish he would go back to live action flicks instead of wasting time on developing performance capture flicks that will never see the light of day. This would be like Paul Thomas Anderson trying out performance capture films instead of doing what he already does very well - produce high quality movies better than 90% of other directors out there. It's just frustrating because the guy isn't getting any younger.
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4:07AM on 04/21/2011
This sound a bit of a rip-off of a French-Canadian film called Pich: entre ciel et terre. Not exactly the same, but sorta similar.
This sound a bit of a rip-off of a French-Canadian film called Pich: entre ciel et terre. Not exactly the same, but sorta similar.
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1:21AM on 04/21/2011
zemeckis looks like drew carey..
zemeckis looks like drew carey..
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11:40PM on 04/20/2011
Well I don't know what to think a Zemeckis movie might be now. After all, one of his last live-action movies was "What Lies Beneath", which I liked but which didn't have that memorability to it that his best work has. It would be interesting to see Washington tackle such a vulnerable character, as it's been awhile since he's played anything other than an upstanding man of action.

And on the tidbit: NO. They had their shot, and they waited far too long. I'd rather they just go ahead and do
Well I don't know what to think a Zemeckis movie might be now. After all, one of his last live-action movies was "What Lies Beneath", which I liked but which didn't have that memorability to it that his best work has. It would be interesting to see Washington tackle such a vulnerable character, as it's been awhile since he's played anything other than an upstanding man of action.

And on the tidbit: NO. They had their shot, and they waited far too long. I'd rather they just go ahead and do what they've been doing with every other successful film of the past thirty years. I daren't be more specific for fear of giving someone the notion of it being a good idea. But if you frequent this site enough, you know exactly what I'm talking around.
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