Robert Zemeckis to direct live-action 'Flight' with Denzel Washington


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Robert Zemeckis has settled on a Flight plan.

The Back to the Future filmmaker is making his first non-motion-capture movie since 2000’s Cast Away, Paramount Pictures announced today. Denzel Washington is set to star as an airline pilot who is hailed as a hero after landing a crippled jet with only a handful of deaths, but is plagued by guilt over things he did that may have caused the crash.

Over the past decade, Zemeckis has focused largely on the performance-based animation films The Polar Express, Beowulf, and Jim Carrey’s A Christmas Carol, though with somewhat diminishing enthusiasm from audiences and critics.

This is the first collaboration between Zemeckis and Washington. Flight begins filming in Atlanta next month.

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  • Marie

    I’m surprised that movie studios have so much faith in him, especially coming off the heels of the disaster of Mars Needs Moms.

    • Tom

      This sounds really bad.

  • Jay

    This is great news!
    While, IMO, his last good movie was in 2000, this is one of my 3 or 4 favorite directors ever. I mean Forrest Gump, Cast Away, and the Back to the Future Trilogy is tough to beat. I am eagerly awaiting this movie!

  • LM

    About freaking TIME this man directed a live-action film again.

  • lars johnson

    I like that Zemicks is directing this, but why Washington?
    I don’t like his work!!! But love robert’s!!!!!!!!!

    • TJ

      I love Denzel Washington. I’ve seen him in Cry Freedom on the TV movie channels; in the story of the Father of the child who needed a heart transplant while on an HMO plan; I love his work.

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  • Red

    Wow the plot sounds like an incredible downer! Like a super depressing version of the Landing on the Hudson! Can’t wait to not see this.

  • Jeremy

    It’s about time Zemeckis stopped making cartoons!

  • QU347

    Denzel’s 3rd Oscar

  • rewgolfer

    Denzel is terrific, he can do everything, comedy, drama, action, gangster movies, he’s America’a greatest actor. I’d like to see him do Shakespeare, a Woody Allen movie, or something off-Broadway, he’s already proved he is a bankable movie star, but now he needs to do some art stuff.

    • Mark Gunn

      Check out his performance in “As You Like It”.

  • Sith Lord J

    Set Builders and costume designers rejoice. Zemeckis has returned

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  • Angela Hood

    How can anyone go wrong with Mr. Denzel Washington as the star. He is a wonderful actor. Glad to see him coming back again. Love all his movies.

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