A long time ago, Robert Zemeckis used to direct flesh-and-blood actors, not computer-generated mannequin zombies. He was totally good at that. Then over a decade went by where Zemeckis only made guys-in-ping-pong-ball-suit-films like Beowulf and A Christmas Carol. The non-believers said he lost his way, but there are rumblings about his return to humanity. Let us hope these murmors are truth…
Paramount would like Zemeckis to direct Flight, about an airline pilot named Whip Whitaker (the only profession you can have with that name is pilot), who saves a plane of passengers from crashing. He’s a hero, but the truth is that he was flying under the influence of drugs and alcohol, a dirty secret that now must be kept under wraps by Whitaker, the airline company and the pilot’s union. The moral: don’t drink and fly… Marty McFly… because, you see, Zemeckis directed Back To The Future, Back To The Future 2, and also… wait for it… Romancing The Stone.
The Flight script is by John Gatins. The plan is for production to take off later this summer. (Deadline)