This new live-action Robert Zemeckis film, Flight, is really happening. Originally just a rumor, Paramount put a ring on Zemeckis when the studio announced Flight as a go. Denzel Washington stars as a boozing pilot who is called a hero after landing a troubled flight, but has to face tough questions when drinking is revealed as a possible cause of the flight’s problems.

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Robert Zemeckis is preparing to make his live-action return with the film Flight, in which Denzel Washington will play a commercial pilot who safely lands a troubled flight, saving almost all aboard, but finds his own role in the flight’s trouble under investigation.

Now Kelly Reilly (Pride and Prejudice, Eden Lake, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) is in talks for the other lead role, “Nicole Devlin, a drug addict who is at rock bottom when she meets Whip,” with the latter character being Denzel’s role. The two characters find their friendship developing as they each deal with their personal demons. John Gatins wrote the script. [Deadline]

After the break, Olivia Wilde becomes the object of one man’s affection, and Vanessa Hudgens becomes another. Things definately don’t work out well for one of the two of them, however, and perhaps for both. Read More »

Briefly: When Germain last covered the possible film Flight, which has been looking like Robert Zemeckis‘ return to live-action with Denzel Washington starring, he noted that nothing is really a sure thing until cameras start to roll. But the next closest thing is a studio press release announcing a film. That’s what we’ve got now, as Paramount has made plans for Flight official. The release, with official story info, is below. Sadly there are no new names added to the cast, but since the film is set to shoot next month in Atlanta we’ll have more names soon. Read More »

With the amount rumor running around Hollywood, it’s hard to believe a movie is actually getting made until a filmmaker calls “Action” on set. That said, it seems after considering a number of projects, Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis has settled on his next film and it’ll be one of the many he was previously attached to. That film is called Flight and stars Denzel Washington as a pilot who saves his plane after a malfunction and is labeled a hero (Think Sully Sullenberger). However, as the investigation moves on, it becomes apparently that he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol and he must then deal with keeping the secret and the guilt of being an undeserving hero.

As a result of choosing to direct Flight next, Zemeckis has dropped out of the Groundhog Day/Back to the Future influenced Replay. Read more about that film and more after the jump. Read More »

A couple of months ago, we reported that Robert Zemeckis might be ditching the whole motion capture thing — at least temporarily — to direct Flight, a drama about a hero pilot. Denzel Washington was attached to play the lead at the time. Now, a couple of sources “familiar with the project” have confirmed that Zemeckis will indeed be helming the project — and that Washington is expected to sign a deal soon. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Robert Zemeckis Could Next Direct ‘Flight’

In an era where every successful filmmaker has not only one, but a handful of films, on their plate, it’s hard to imaging that someone as storied and successful as Robert Zemeckis is looking for work. However, after his motion capture Beatles film Yellow Submarine was canceled, it put the Oscar-winning director of Forrest Gump, Back to the Future and Used Cars back on the market. He’s been developing a sequel to Who Framed Roger Rabbit, was courted for a Wizard of Oz film and recently signed on to produce How To Survive a Gnome Attack but, according to Deadline, his next directorial gig could be a film called Flight. Written by John Gatins (Real Steel, Hard Ball) the film seems to be loosly inspired by the tale of Sully Sullenberger, in which a commerical airline pilot avoids a terrible disaster and becomes a hero. In this film though, the pilot must hide the fact that he was under the influence. Denzel Washington is circling the lead role. Read more after the break. Read More »

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