Robert Zemeckis is getting ready to make Flight, in which Denzel Washington plays a booze- and drug-addled pilot who heroically saves a troubled flight, only to face an investigation into his role in the flight’s troubles. Kelly Reilly plays another addict who comes into his life, and Don Cheadle and Bruce Greenwood are in talks for roles. Now Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker) is in talks to play the flight’s co-pilot, “who finds religion after the crash.” John Gatins scripted. [THR]
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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.
Now Bruce Greenwood and Don Cheadle have been reported as part of the cast, too. Read More »
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]
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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 »
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 »
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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 »