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.

The studio has announced a November 2 bow for Zemeckis’ Flight, his first non-animated movie since 2000’s Cast Away. The date positions Flight as a more serious-minded alternative to the other titles opening that day, which include three comedies — the animated Wreck-It Ralph, the youth-oriented 21 and Over, and the dark Seven Psychopaths — and the horror anthology ABCs of Death.

Written by John Gatins (Coach Carter), Flight stars Denzel Washington as a commercial air pilot who becomes a public hero when his actions prevent a devastating plane crash. However, an investigation threatens to reveal that it was his own issues with drugs and alcohol that contributed to the flight’s problems in the first place. Don Cheadle, Melissa Leo, James Badge Dale, and John Goodman also star.

Flight takes over a slot formerly reserved for The Guilt Trip, which Paramount has now moved to December 25. The new date has the comedy facing off against two heavyweight prestige projects, Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, as well as the romantic comedy Playing the Field. This is the second move for The Guilt Trip, which was originally slated for a March 2012 debut.

Directed by Anne Fletcher (The Proposal) from a script by Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love.), The Guilt Trip follows an inventor (Rogen) and his mother (Streisand) on a cross-country road trip to sell his new creation and reunite with her former flame. The supporting cast includes Adam ScottYvonne StrahovskiDanny Pudi, Casey Wilson, and Colin Hanks.

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