It must be difficult to believe that a movie is actually getting made these days, unless you hear a filmmaker yell "Action" on set, right? Well, according to Deadline, Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis may be a few syllables shy of saying just that, as he has settled on Flight as his next film. The project was one he was previously attached to and will star Denzel Washington as a Sully Sullenberger-esque pilot who saves his plane after it malfunctions and is labeled a hero.
Unfortunately, this would-be savior doesn't feel the excitement of being a modern day black Brad Pitt, as his problems with drugs and alcohol are the root cause of the mishap in the first place. Washington's character must then deal with keeping the secret from investigators and hide the guilt of being an undeserving hero from others. As a result of choosing to film Flight, Zemeckis had to drop the Back to the Future/Groundhog's Day inspired time-travel thriller Replay. We really hope that the sci-fi flick lands in the hands of another filmmaker, but it makes sense that Zemeckis chose to work with Washington, as the duo had been prepping to do so for awhile now.
John Gatins (Real Steel, Coach Carter) is the pen behind the script, and you can expect Flight to take off and begin production sometime this fall.