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 »
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Over the course of three Back to the Future movies, a major plot point that’s never explained is how Marty McFly became friends with Doc Brown. One is a free-wheeling teenager, the other a wild, middle-aged scientist. In reality, they’d probably never even meet, let alone be friends. But from the first frame of film one, we’re forced to buy into this unlikely friendship and we do. And it’s great.
In recent years, though, the series has seen a resurgence thanks to the original’s silver anniversary, non-stop showings on ABC Family and it’s become somewhat fashionable to over analyze the film, including Marty and Doc’s friendship. Under what circumstances did these polar opposites become such good, trusting friends?
Current keeper of the Back to the Future franchise, producer and co-writer Bob Gale, answered that question point blank in a recent interview. After the jump, read the back story he and co-writer/director Robert Zemeckis came up with that never made it into the narrative. Read More »
Look at the box office receipts for even a moderately successful animated film and you know animation studios are becoming Hollywood mega powers. Even five years ago when Disney bought Pixar for $7.4 billion, it was pretty evident that if your company made quality animation, you had a a pretty steady job. Today’s news shines a light on both ends of that equation.
First there’s DreamWorks Animation, the people behind the Shrek and Kung Fu Panda movies, who have just made the bold move to tell their distribution partner Paramount they would not be working together after next year. Then there’s Robert Zemeckis‘ ImageMovers, a company that all but died after the flop Mars Needs Moms (above), which might have found a new home at Universal. Read more about each story after the jump. Read More »
Since the sinking of the Robert Zemeckis mocap remake of Yellow Submarine, the director has been attached to quite a few projects, many of which are live-action. His likely next film is Flight, starring Denzel Washington as a drug-addled pilot who safely performs a seemingly heroic emergency landing, despite being under the influence during the flight. (In other words, he contributed to the emergency.) That could shoot in the fall. He’s also got possible projects The Animated American, Replay and Major Matt Mason.
Now there is one more: Here There Be Monsters, a heavily fictionalized account of the career of British naval officer John Paul Jones, who runs afoul of a sea monster. Brian Helgeland (LA Confidential) scripted, and we’ve got a few more details below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, June 13th, 2011 by Angie Han
Looks like Robert Zemeckis really has kicked the motion-capture habit for the time being. As previously reported, the director will be making his return to live-action filmmaking with the hero pilot drama Flight, starring Denzel Washington. Now, he’s in talks to add another live-action film to his slate — Major Matt Mason, based on a Mattel toy from the ’60s. Frequent Zemeckis collaborator Tom Hanks is set to produce with partner Gary Goetzman through their company Playtone Productions, and will be starring as well. Read more after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, June 6th, 2011 by Angie Han
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 »
When you hear that Robert Zemeckis is producing a film featuring a mix of animated and live-action characters — that is, the animated characters are explicitly animated within the world of the film — what do you think of? If you said Cool World, you’re close. Since Robert Zemeckis has steadily talked about a Roger Rabbit sequel over the years, this announcement of another film in a very similar vein seems awfully strange. More details after the break. Read More »
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Since the demise of Image Movers Digital and the cancellation of the Yellow Submarine remake, director Robert Zemeckis has been considering several possible live-action projects. The last one we had info on is Flight, which has Denzel Washington attached to star. But while that one gets the star locked down, another script that has done the Hollywood rounds has come into his hands, and Mr. Zemeckis could make this one, Replay, before Flight.
Oh, and Replay involves time travel. Sort of. Back to the Future fans should hit the jump for more info. Read More »