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    April 21, 2011


    Robert Zemeckis at Tribeca Film Festival 2010Image via Wikipedia

    It has been a while since Robert Zemeckis last directed a live action feature. Can anyone remembered his last feature that does not involved any animation or cap motion? Pretty hard isn't it? A check in IMDB's site, the Back to the Future series and Forrest Gump director has last directed Cast Away back in 2000. Perhaps after a decade of dedicating his life to make animation and capture-motion pics, 'Flight' could be a chance for him to venture back the traditional genre.

    Following the dead-in-the-water Yellow Submarine, a movie supposedly depicts the Beatles (in cap-mo), Zemeckis has been circulating around this project which has John Gatins writing and Denzel Washington currently attached to star. The movie will enter production this summer if all going well for Zemeckis who is currently still in talks with the Paramount Pictures executives. According to Deadline:

    "'Flight' has similar harrowing moments to the unforgettable airplane crash that left Tom Hanks stranded on a deserted island. The fictional tale revolves around a commercial airline pilot named Whip Whitaker. When his plane malfunctions and a crash seems imminent, he saves the day with some heroic flying and manages to land the plane with minimal casualties. He's instantly hailed as a hero, but as an investigation into the cause of the crash unfolds, it becomes clear that he was flying under the influence of drugs and alcohol. The film is the pilot's journey as he is encouraged to wear a hero label he thinks he doesn't deserve, while the pilot's union and airline try to keep the facts under cover because of the high stakes involved."

    I hope to see a return into the live action for Zemeckis soon and 'Flight' should be a great step back into the business. Recently, Zemeckis is also attached to produce a new live action/animation/adaptation of 'How to survive a Garden Gnome Attack.'
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