Robert Zemeckis eyeing FLIGHT; Denzel Washington “loosely” attached

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
April 21st, 2011

Over a decade since his last live action film, CAST AWAY, Robert Zemeckis is apparently eyeing a new project that won’t rely on motion captured performances, thankfully.

Deadline is reporting that the director is currently talking to Paramount with the hopes of helming the studio’s upcoming film, FLIGHT. Penned by John Gatins (REAL STEEL), the film follows a pilot named Whip Whitaker who, after landing a plane safely after a malfunction, is subject to an investigation that he was actually drugged up and drunk while flying. Struggling with his new hero moniker, he must also deal with a scandal just ready to send that all crashing to the ground.

THR has come out and revealed that Denzel Washington is “loosely attached” to the project, which definitely adds a lot of intrigue to this project that, for all intents and purposes, sounds actually quite interesting.

With Gatins becoming quite a hot commodity as of late, the film does have some talent behind the typewriter here, and frankly, this is exactly the type of project Zemeckis should be making when returning to the live action world. I’m not a huge fan of his films, but this is the exact project that would get me interested in seeing what he could do after his long break in the animation world.

What do you think?

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