After years spent directing mo-capped animated films, Robert Zemeckis has returned to live-action with Flight. The film casts Denzel Washington as an airline captain who lands a plane that is about to crash, only to be forced to face his own demons as the investigation into the crash goes on.

This is a pretty thrilling trailer, as it intercuts moments from the crash and its aftermath with the fallout that takes place afterward. And Denzel’s particular brand of cocky command is just right for a capable pilot. I hope this film pushes him out of the comfort zone he’s been in for a while; the trailer suggests it might. It also seems to give a lot away, so we’ll hope it is less revealing than it first appears. Read More »

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Those who’ve waited patiently through his mo-cap phaseĀ for Robert Zemeckis to return to live-action filmmaking now have a date to mark on their calendars. Paramount has set his pilot drama Flight for a fall release date, shifting Seth Rogen and Barbara Streisand‘s family comedy The Guilt Trip (formerly My Mother’s Curse) to a holiday opening in the process. More details after the jump.

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Well, we did warn you that the project was still in the very early stages — but it now seems like that Back to the Future stage show may be even farther away than we’d thought.

Yesterday, news broke that director Robert Zemeckis, his co-writer/producer Bob Gale, and the film’s composer Alan Silvestri were in early talks to bring Marty McFly, Doc Brown, and their iconic DeLorean to Broadway, and Zemeckis’ rep even confirmed that the three were “in preliminary creative discussions.” However, Gale is now cautioning that the story should be taken with a giant grain of salt. Read his comments after the jump.

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We’ve seen quite a few examples of cross-pollination between Broadway and film, but typically via a Broadway show that is turned into a movie. One of the projects that might go the other direction, however, is Back to the Future. The enduring ’80s film still boasts a strong fanbase, and so producers are starting to explore the idea of a stage musical version. This is a project that is in very early stages, but the appeal is pretty obvious. I have to admit, recreating the apparent murder of Doc Brown by Libyans in song and dance sounds like something I could be talked into seeing without much effort at all. Read More »

In 1988, the National Film Preservation Act create the National Film Registry, which selects a couple dozen films each year for preservation in the Library of Congress. Up to 25 films are selected annually as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films.” These have to be at least ten years old, can be feature, short experimental or ‘other’ — anything that is film, really — and are chosen from a list of films nominated by the public.

This year, 2228 films were nominated by the public and twenty-five were selected for preservation. Among those are the big Oscar winner The Silence of the Lambs, everyone’s favorite autistic history hero Forrest Gump, Charlie Chaplin‘s The Kid and one of the greatest (and earliest) train movies ever made, John Ford‘s The Iron Horse.

We’ve got a more complete list below. Read More »

We’re covering a few sequels in very different stages of the development process today — one that’s gearing up to begin shooting soon, another that’s yet to be greenlit, and two more that’ve been in the works for what feels like forever. After the jump:

  • Bill Murray literally shreds the latestĀ Ghostbusters 3 script to pieces
  • David Fincher wants to shoot the two Dragon Tattoo sequels back-to-back
  • Gary Mitchell — or Harry Mudd or Trelane or the Talosians or the Horta — could be the baddie in Star Trek 2
  • Kathleen Kennedy says Roger Rabbit 2 is stalled for now

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Robert Zemeckis has come back to the idea of directing live-action movies in a big way, starting with a partnership with Denzel Washington on a movie called Flight. Another possible project for the director was Here There Be Monsters, a period naval tale in which real-life British naval officer John Paul Jones is depicted in a battle against a sea monster.

Zemeckis was attached to direct from Brian Helgeland‘s script, but that is no longer the case. Read More »

Now that Robert Zemeckis has left behind the world of time-intensive performance-capture films, he is setting up projects left and right. As he prepares to film Flight with Denzel Washington, the producer/director has other projects simmering. One new possibility is Charles Fort, which has been called a period-set take on Ghostbusters. There’s a lot more to Charles Fort, a real figure, than some pre-technological Peter Venkman, however. Read More »

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