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Robert Zemeckis to return to the world of live-action films?

09.29.2010
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The last time Robert Zemeckis did anything with humans was CAST AWAY in the year 2000.

Now it looks like the man of many trades will be going back to the live-action world with a project called TIMELESS. It's actually another time traveling effort that was pitched for Warner Bros. Unlike BACK TO THE FUTURE, this new project is not written by him. The guy who penned this screenplay is Mike Thompson. Unfortunately Thompson wrote LOVE HAPPENS, so don't get too excited there. On this film Zemeckis will direct and produce.

Also, Deadline threw in the fact that Zemeckis apparently has toyed with the idea of directing the new SUPERMAN. It's odd that they mentioned that as such a minor note. I've always really liked Zemeckis in the director's chair. He's made some really amazing movies. I don't know, maybe people want a "fresh face" for SUPERMAN or perhaps he's just not that interested in directing it.

Right now, Zemeckis has a couple of projects that he's working on. One is the Rock em', Sock em' robot film with Hugh Jackman titled REEL STEEL. The other is the mo-cap version of YELLOW SUBMARINE.

I don't know about you, but it will be nice to see Zemeckis come back to the world of the fleshies.

Bonus! (that's not really a bonus) Here's the screen test for the ROGER RABBIT follow-up that never happened:

Extra Tidbit: CAST AWAY is amazing. Just saying.
Source: Deadline

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11:30PM on 09/29/2010
Great director, hasn't made a film I didn't like (yet). Favs: Back to the Future Part II, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Castaway.
Great director, hasn't made a film I didn't like (yet). Favs: Back to the Future Part II, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Castaway.
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11:14PM on 09/29/2010
I hope it is something along the levels of Back To The Future and Cast Away.
I hope it is something along the levels of Back To The Future and Cast Away.
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9:29PM on 09/29/2010
It wouldn't surprise me if it stars Tom Hanks lol
It wouldn't surprise me if it stars Tom Hanks lol
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8:41PM on 09/29/2010
A) I hated "Cast Away", but that's a whole different story. B) This sounds like it could be fun, and with Zemeckis behind it, could be decent, as he's quite polarizing to me.
A) I hated "Cast Away", but that's a whole different story. B) This sounds like it could be fun, and with Zemeckis behind it, could be decent, as he's quite polarizing to me.
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8:38PM on 09/29/2010
It's about time. Enough with these awful animated movies.
It's about time. Enough with these awful animated movies.
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6:33PM on 09/29/2010
back to live action? Id say its about goddamn time
back to live action? Id say its about goddamn time
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6:05PM on 09/29/2010
Hmm Zemeckis for Superman is actually an interesting idea. I never would have thought of it but he does have a sort of heroic optimism in his films that feels very appropriate for Superman. Count me as intrigued.
Hmm Zemeckis for Superman is actually an interesting idea. I never would have thought of it but he does have a sort of heroic optimism in his films that feels very appropriate for Superman. Count me as intrigued.
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6:04PM on 09/29/2010
Hmm Zemeckis for Superman is actually an interesting idea. I never would have thought of it but he does have a sort of heroic optimism in his films that feels very appropriate for Superman. Count me as intrigued.
Hmm Zemeckis for Superman is actually an interesting idea. I never would have thought of it but he does have a sort of heroic optimism in his films that feels very appropriate for Superman. Count me as intrigued.
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5:54PM on 09/29/2010

Cannot agree more with Cast Away.

And I am all for him stepping away for his mo-cap movies that can't match a real human no matter how hard they try.
And I am all for him stepping away for his mo-cap movies that can't match a real human no matter how hard they try.
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