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Zemeckis moves on to the live action drama FLIGHT!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Just recently I blathered a bit in my Behind the Scenes Picture of the Day column about how much I miss Robert Zemeckis in live-action world and it seems that the movie gods were listening.

According to Borys Kit at THR Zemeckis will be directing a drama called Flight, for Paramount. Based on a script by John Gatins the flick is about an alcoholic druggie pilot who happens to save the day and his passengers in an emergency situation, but in the FAA's investigation the man's problems with substance abuse starts to surface.

Kit says that Denzel Washington has been attached in the past and is believed to still be involved.

So, Yellow Submarine is dead, but we get Zemeckis back in the non-cartoon world. Thoughts?

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  • April 21, 2011, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Will suck

    by oogles

    Because I'm on the Internet and think so. Therefore it will be.

  • April 21, 2011, 12:37 a.m. CST

    Still one of the BEST... Bob rules.

    by Mennen

  • LET Zemeckis direct live action again!

  • Great Scott!

  • April 21, 2011, 12:54 a.m. CST

    I actually liked Mars Needs Moms. I couldn't believe it.

    by antonphd

    I don't know who the fuck they thought was going to like that movie, but I did. I actually really really liked it. I'll probably buy it so one day when I have kids they can watch it. It's a good family film.

  • April 21, 2011, 1:10 a.m. CST

    No thanks, Bob.

    by Kirbymanly

    Sounds like a movie of the week. Get back together with Gale!

  • April 21, 2011, 1:31 a.m. CST

    antonphd are you Robert Zemeckis?

    by Andrew Coleman

    Kidding, I actually wanted to see the movie but just didn't. tollboy6t6 has it right though with MNM bombing maybe studios aren't pumped for animated films like that. I'm glad he's doing live action. Maybe he can go back to basics and give us something great.

  • April 21, 2011, 1:42 a.m. CST


    by TheMcflyFarm

    About time! Sounds like a decent enough plot for him to make something good out of. However, if it involves Denzel Washington in some sort of situation involving a form of transportation, I just know Tony Scott is going to take over for Zemeckis at some point. So we'll just see what happens.

  • April 21, 2011, 1:49 a.m. CST

    bout damn time

    by Billy_D_Williams

    and what the fuck has Gale been up to?...they need to get back together.

  • April 21, 2011, 2:03 a.m. CST

    Dayum that sounds boring

    by MrMajestic

    Happy to see Zemeckis finally give up on all that mo-cap garbage but couldn't he have picked a better story? Sounds like Cage's Snake Eyes but boring-er.

  • April 21, 2011, 2:09 a.m. CST

    The FedEX jet sequence in CAST AWAY...

    by justmyluck

    ... was incredible. So, I'd say Zemeckis would be more than worthy for this one, especially if the project goes into THE LOST WEEKEND territory.

  • I couldn't give two shits about his fucking cartoons. Those aren't my thing, so be it. It's an entirely different perspective when dealing w/ live action pictures. Like the dude above me stated the plane sequence in Cast Away was eerie and chilling and all sorts of other stuff.

  • April 21, 2011, 2:18 a.m. CST


    by Atomica

    This is frankly, the only project we want to see right now out of Bob. He's a brilliant director that is the only person to possibly make this project happen and accomplish a respectful and worthwhile sequel.

  • April 21, 2011, 3:05 a.m. CST

    Mars Needs Moms

    by Bass Ackwards

    I didn't see it, but from the commercials it looked like the first film to use the mocap that actually merited using it. Zemekis seemed to really like the idea of mocap, but had no real ideas for it, and just ended up using really expensive technology to make fairly pedestrian films awkwardly. Hopefully he's got it out of his system and he'll go back to being a film director who wants to make good films instead of a techie who's got a hard on for one particular technique.

  • April 21, 2011, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Can't he just make a movie about a flying DeLorean instead?


    I haven't seen one of those in 30 years.

  • So, sure, this sounds great.

  • April 21, 2011, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Let's hear it for cloud computing

    by justmyluck

    "It done blow up blowed up real good!"

  • April 21, 2011, 6:20 p.m. CST

    That synopsis really does not inspire at all

    by golden tribw

  • April 21, 2011, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Isn't this the synopsis for "Airplane"?

    by Packabong

    The classic Zucker bros film lampooning this sort of storyline (known as "Flying High" here in Australia). They can't be serious, can they? It better swing more towards "Unstoppable" than "Flying High".

  • April 21, 2011, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Thought he's gonna direct a time travel movie?

    by wadi77

  • April 21, 2011, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Dateline has nothing to do with Fast Five or Thor

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    They are still a week or two away (respectively). Not a DAY.

  • April 21, 2011, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Would have loved to have had Zemeckis directing Superman...

    by Orbots Commander

    ...though I know that he reportedly turned it down (it was his if he wanted it), with some quote about how the whole concept has been done to the death and that he couldn't bring anything new to it.

  • April 21, 2011, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Zemeckis doing live action? Weird.

    by sweeneydave

    Will it have Marty McFly? Or will everything be greenscreen? Or maybe we can have all computer generated voices synced up with real actors. C'mon Bob! That's the next frontier! How human can we make computers sound? No more Speak N Spell!

  • April 21, 2011, 9:21 p.m. CST


    by Nasty In The Pasty

    It could be a movie about Tom Hanks having explosive diharrhea for two hours, just seeing an ACTUAL Tom Hanks and ACTUAL diharrhea would be like manna from heaven at this point in Zemeckis' career.

  • April 21, 2011, 10:22 p.m. CST


    by Munro Kelly

    Why does it feel like, if Denzel stars that Tony Scott should direct and if Zemeckis directs Tom Hanks should star?

  • April 21, 2011, 10:26 p.m. CST

    5 bucks says Tom Hanks is in this too!

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • April 21, 2011, 10:30 p.m. CST

    How did spam make its way in?

    by Orbots Commander

    Get on this, AICN I.T. crew.

  • April 22, 2011, 12:26 a.m. CST

    Can anything be done about this stupid

    by Teddy Artery

    "Expand All" idiotic web site 'enhancement'? Just be expanded when I open the page already!

  • April 22, 2011, 2:32 a.m. CST

    Death Becomes Her was his last truly original work

    by awepittance

    Let's just hope What Lies Beneath doesn't rub off on whatever live action direction he takes now

  • April 22, 2011, 6:36 a.m. CST

    braindrain, the last Superman movie was shot in Australia...


    Yet it opened first in the USA. Them getting Thor at little bit earlier doesn't adversely affect you in any way.

  • April 22, 2011, 7:25 a.m. CST

    It's been done.

    by Zombiana_Jones

    The 1980 film "The Pilot", Starring Cliff Robertson:

  • April 22, 2011, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Can't wait

    by Samuel Fulmer

  • April 22, 2011, 11:26 a.m. CST

    With Denzel attached I just have no idea at all what this will be like.

    by moonlightdrive

    It's a performance like nothing he has ever done before.

  • April 22, 2011, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Dear Marty

    by CT1

    If my calculations are correct, you will receive this letter immediately after you saw the DeLorean struck by lightning. First, let me assure you that I'm alive and well. I've been living happily these past 8 months in the year 1885. The lightning bolt that hit the DeLorean cause a gigawatt overload which scrambled the time circuits, activated the flux capacitor and sent me back to 1885. The overload shorted out the time circuits, and destroyed the flying circuits. Unfortunately the car will never fly again. I set myself up as a blacksmith, as a front while I attempted to repair the damage to the time circuits. Unfortunately, this proved impossible because suitable replacement parts won't be invented until 1947. However, I've gotten quite adept in shoeing horses and fixing wagons. I've buried the DeLorean in the abandoned Del Gado mine, adjacent to the old Boot Hill Cemetery as shown on the enclosed map. There it should remain undisturbed and preserved until you uncover it in 1955. Inside you will find repair instructions. My 1955 counterpart... should have no trouble repairing it so that you can drive it back to the future. Once you have returned to 1985, destroy the time machine... I am perfectly happy living in the fresh air and wide open spaces, and I feel that unnecessary time travel only risks further disruption of the time line. And please take care of Einstien for me.. I know you will give him a good home. Remember to walk him twice a day and that he only likes canned dog food. These are my wishes. Please respect them and follow them. And so, Marty, I now say farewell and wish you godspeed. You have always been a good and loyal friend to me, and you have made a real difference in my life. I will always treasure our relationship, and think on you with fond memories, warm feelings, and a special place in my heart. Your friend in time, "Doc" Emmett L. Brown September 1, 1885.

  • April 23, 2011, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Rehab is for quitters!

    by Arafel

    If he can still fly a fucking airplane high, then he doesn't have a fucking problem yet! He's still in control!

  • April 24, 2011, 6:36 a.m. CST

    WOW! this is some great news!

    by The_Crimson_King

    man, Robert Zemeckis used to be FUCKING GREAT! one of my personal favorite directors as a matter of fact, but ever since he got mixed up in that CGI mocap bullshit he started to suck, it was like a damn body snatchers scenario, so while the movie itself doesn't sound all that interesting I'm just happy he's finally directing real actors again

  • April 25, 2011, 12:37 a.m. CST

    time Travel

    by Tigs

    I thought I read here that Zemeckis was doing some kind of time travel movie.... not Back to the Future.