Robert Zemeckis could return to live-action directing for Flight , which is based on a script by Real Steel ‘s John Gatins.
The story is said to focus on an airline pilot who is hailed as a hero after a successful crash-landing, even though the entire mishap was the result of his flying under the influence of drink and drugs.
While Zemeckis would likely be up for an SFX-extravaganza plane-crash, the majority of the movie will focus on the pilot’s guilt, and the subsequent cover-up that takes place.
Denzel Washington is very loosely attached to the lead role.
Zemeckis has been working exclusively in the medium of motion-capture since 2004’s The Polar Express , but he’s been looking for a new project since Disney dumped his Yellow Submarine remake.
His last live-action film was Cast Away , which shares a plane-crash inspired premise with Flight . Mars Needs Moms , a mocap movie produced by Zemeckis, recently performed abysmally at the box office.
According to Deadline’s report, Zemeckis is considering a number of projects at the moment, and while there’s no guarantee that he’ll sign on for Flight , there is the possibility that the film could enter production this summer.