Robert Zemeckis May Direct Barefoot Bandit Film TAKING FLIGHT

     August 6, 2012

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Good news, everyone!  Following his decade-long foray into motion-capture and animated features, it looks like director Robert Zemeckis is coming back to live-action for the foreseeable future.  The Back to the Future director’s first live-action film since 2000 opens this fall (the drama Flight starring Denzel Washington), and now he’s coming on to develop the feature film about the “Barefoot Bandit” as a potential directing vehicle.

18-year-old Colton Harris-Moore became a bit of a cult hero following his string of Robin Hood-like crimes, and 20th Century Fox has been working on a feature film iteration of his story for the past year.  He stole and piloted planes and boats and taunted authorities who were on his trail, at one point leaving 39 chalk footprints and the word “c’ya!” at the scene of a crime.  This cheeky attitude will undoubtedly make for one hell of a movie, and Zemeckis might just be the guy to bring it to the big screen.  Hit the jump for more.

barefoot-bandit-mugshotPer THR, Zemeckis has come aboard to develop the project, titled Taking Flight: The Hunt for a Young Outlaw, as a potential directing vehicle.  Pineapple Express helmer David Gordon Green was previously attached to direct, but he had to leave the project to focus on his remake of Suspiria that starts shooting next month.  Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk) has been on scripting duties since the project was first announced, and Zemeckis is currently waiting for the latest draft while he oversees the screenplay.

It remains to be seen if Taking Flight would be Zemeckis’ next project.  He was mulling a number of properties for his live-action return before settling on Flight, and he entered talks to direct Here There Be Monsters and Major Matt Mason with Tom Hanks last year.  Whatever the case, I’m just thrilled that Zemeckis is back in live-action and putting away those creepy mo-cap movies for a little while.  If he firmly commits to directing Taking Flight, it’s safe to assume we’re in for an incredibly fun ride.

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