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 »


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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 »

Robert Zemeckis is collecting quite a cast for Flight, his return to live-action filmmaking. Oscar winner Melissa Leo and Rubicon star James Badge Dale are the latest additions to the project, which stars Denzel Washington as an alcoholic, drug-addicted pilot who becomes a public hero when he rescues a troubled flight. However, his own issues may have contributed to the flight’s problems to begin with. Bruce Greenwood and John Goodman are also set to appear, while Don Cheadle, Brian Geraghty and Kelly Reilly are in negotiations to board the project as well.

Leo would play the role of an investigator who believes the pilot is guilty of negligence, and wants to expose the truth about him. Dale is negotiating to play a dying cancer patient. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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Whether you’re a regular Community watcher or not, you might find that the third season, which just began last week, is worth a look just for the occasional presence of John Goodman. The actor plays the smug vice-dean of Greendale Community College’s Air-Conditioning Repair Annex, which brings loads of money into the school, and consequently gives him loads of power. The one appearance we’ve seen was tremendous, and it’s great to see Goodman doing comedy once more.

If you can’t abide Community, you’ll get to see Goodman on the big screen later this year when The Artist and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close hit theaters, and now the actor has been added to Flight, the return to live-action from Robert Zemeckis. Read More »

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]

After the break, the Tom Cruise thriller One Shot gets one more and Mira Sorvino is in a sordid tale of true crime. Read More »

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]

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 »

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