"Loosely attached" is the best way to describe Denzel Washington's association with Robert Zemeckis' next project entitled Flight.
The story centers on a drug-and-alcohol addicted pilot (possibly Washington) on a collision course towards a sobering experience. The unnamed character will "save a flight from an engine malfunction," only to find himself under a FAA investigation.
Zemeckis' last live-action film, his 2000 hit Cast Away (starring Tom Hanks), is one his all-time best movies, so there's definitely potential here. Recently, he's been at the forefront of stop-motion animation with The Polar Express, Beowulf, and A Christmas Carol.
Flight, written by John Gatins (Real Steel), could take off soon with production starting by late summer.