Robert Zemeckis Takes FLIGHT With Denzel Washington

     April 20, 2011

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After a decade devoted to motion capture, Robert Zemeckis is looking to return to live action for his next film.  Disney’s cancellation of the mo-cap Beatles ode Yellow Submarine surely was a wake up call.   Zemeckis needs time, though, to ease back into the land of the living.  The director flirted with Superman and a Wizard of Oz remake, and the time travel tale Timeless remains a possibility.  And Zemeckis could always revive the Who Framed Roger Rabbit sequel that exists in a constant state of development.

Paramount has added another option, Flight, and it sounds damn promising.  The script by John Gatins (Coach Carter) centers on an alcoholic/drug addict pilot.  And Denzel Washington is “loosely attached” to star.  Details after the break.

THR provides a brief outline:

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When his plane’s engine malfunctions, the pilot manages to rescue the aircraft and its passengers, becoming a hero in the process. When the FAA investigates and finds evidence of drug abuse, it tries to sweep it to the side to help preserve the image of the captain, who is trying to change the course of his life.

I am hooked when Washington uses his righteous voice to voice a deeply flawed character.  “Alcoholic pilot hero” sounds perfect.

Zemeckis is in early negotiations to direct Flight, and won’t necessarily be his next feature.  But with Flight and Timeless, it’s nice to know that the man who brought us Back to the Future has multiple quality options.

Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald (Dinner for Schmucks) will produce Flight.  Washington will next appear opposite Ryan Reynolds in Safe House, scheduled for release February 10, 2012.

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