Posted on Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 by Angie Han
After a dozen-year stretch in Uncanny Valley, Robert Zemeckis has returned to the world of live-action with the substance abuse drama Flight. It’s not the smoothest ride. The film’s alcoholism plotline veers toward the generic, the symbolism is often so blunt as to be laughable, and the supporting players are mostly one-note.
What keeps it on course, however, is the compassionate but honest character study at its core. Zemeckis and screenwriter John Gatins (Real Steel) have an iron grip on who Captain William “Whip” Whitaker is and what makes him tick, and Denzel Washington‘s grounded performance maintains the audience’s sympathy without sugarcoating Whip’s nasty side.
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After years of working in the (self-imposed) motion-capture gulag, Robert Zemeckis returns to live-action with Flight. He’s got other live-action work lined up, but one of his next projects may go back to his classic blend of live-action and animation, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?.
A Roger Rabbit sequel has been talked up for years and years, but seemed to have a big roadblock thrown in front of it over this past summer when Bob Hoskins, the lead of the original movie, retired from acting. But Zemeckis says that a sequel is still possible, just as soon as Disney gets its house in order. Read More »
In 2011, before shooting his new movie Flight, which is playing film festivals now, Robert Zemeckis started considering a new film with Tom Hanks. Major Matt Mason is co-written by Hanks and Graham Yost, and is called “a live-action family film about space adventure.”
We haven’t heard much about the project since then, but now with Zemeckis bringing Flight into theaters, Hanks is talking about the space-bound movie once again. Looks like the project may actually go ahead, with independent financing as the financial fuel. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, October 11th, 2012 by Angie Han
With the fall movie season well underway, we have new promos for two releases due out in November. The first is a 90-second spot for Flight, Robert Zemeckis‘ long-awaited return to live action. Denzel Washington stars as a pilot who’s lauded as a hero when miraculously saves a plane full of passengers with a deft crash-landing. But as an investigation digs deeper into the circumstances surrounding the incident, the story and his life begins to unravel.
The other is an extended TV spot for Rise of the Guardians, a DreamWorks Animation tale about all the mythological figures of childhood imagination — Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, etc. — banding together to save the world from an evil spirit called Pitch. Watch both videos after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, October 4th, 2012 by Angie Han
A fresh batch of posters for three films on our radar have just hit the web. The ones for Allen Hughes‘ Broken City and Robert Zemeckis‘ Flight both rely heavily on star power, which seems like a reasonable strategy when said stars include Russell Crowe, Mark Wahlberg, and Denzel Washington.
The pretty, snowy poster for David Chase‘s Not Fade Away, meanwhile, captures the heady feeling of youthful romance and rock n’ roll. Get a peek at all three after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, August 6th, 2012 by Angie Han
Robert Zemeckis has spent most of the past decade working on mo-cap animated films, but now that he’s back in the live-action realm he’s wasting no time snapping up new projects. As his next film Flight prepares to land in theaters, he’s circling a couple of projects including the Ghostbusters-esque Charles Fort. He’s also said to be eyeing Taking Flight: The Hunt for a Young Outlaw, based on the true story of the teenaged Barefoot Bandit. More details after the jump.
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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 »
Posted on Friday, May 11th, 2012 by Angie Han
Those who’ve waited patiently through his mo-cap phase 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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Posted on Friday, February 3rd, 2012 by Angie Han
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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