NYFF Lands Robert Zemeckis’ ‘Flight’ As Closing Night Film

By | Thursday August 9, 2012 @ 12:13pm PDT
Mike Fleming

New York, NY, August 8, 2012 – The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today that Robert Zemeckis’s FLIGHT will make its World Premiere as the Closing Night film for the upcoming 50th New York Film

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Robert Zemeckis Signs Overall Deal With Fox TV Studios

By | Wednesday August 8, 2012 @ 10:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Robert Zemeckis is making a major move into television, inking a deal with Fox TV Studios. Under the overall pact, the Back To The Future writer/director Zemeckis and his producing partner Jack Rapke will develop and produce original … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Robert Zemeckis-Directed ‘Flight’

By | Wednesday June 6, 2012 @ 6:12pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Here’s an early trailer for Flight, Robert Zemeckis’ return to live-action directing after his foray into performance capture animation. It is nice to see the helmer of movies like Forrest Gump, Cast Away and Back To The Future return to the screen, particularly with Denzel Washington as a troubled pilot … Read More »

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Leslie Zemeckis Making ‘Bound By Flesh’ Docu On Siamese Vaudeville Sisters

By | Wednesday April 11, 2012 @ 10:36am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Leslie and Robert Zemeckis are teaming on Bound By Flesh, a documentary she will direct on Daisy and Violet Hilton, Siamese sisters joined at the hip who graduated from wax museums and the carnival sideshow circuit to become the … Read More »

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Universal Buys Novel Manuscript ‘Demonologist’ For ImageMovers

By | Wednesday February 22, 2012 @ 4:16pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Universal has acquired Demonologist, a novel manuscript by Andrew Pyper. The book will be sold at auction shortly, but most important the film project will be produced by ImageMovers partners Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey. The studio made a preemptive deal for rights to the manuscript. The … Read More »

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‘Back To The Future’ Heading To Broadway?

By | Thursday February 2, 2012 @ 9:34am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Will Robert Zemeckis’ 1985 classic Back To The Future become the latest film to get a Broadway stage production? I’m told that Zemeckis is in early talks with his co-writer Bob Gale and the film’s composer Alan Silvestri to … Read More »

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Parkes & MacDonald Plan Feature Version Of Jon Robin Baitz’ Play ‘Other Desert Cities’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald have acquired film rights to Other Desert Cities, the Jon Robin Baitz stage play. Parkes/MacDonald used the development fund it launched with Imagenation Abu Dhabi to make the deal. Baitz will write the … Read More »

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Robert Zemeckis Sets Writers For ‘Garden Gnome Attack’ Film

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Chad Damiani and JP Lavin have just been hired to adapt How To Survive A Garden Gnome Attack for Robert Zemeckis and his Imagemovers banner. The film is a live action film (the garden gnomes will be animated), based … Read More »

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OSCARS: Animation Feature Race Heats Up – But Will Spielberg’s ‘Tintin’ Make The Cut?

Pete Hammond

There is always controversy about what is true animation, particularly with the motion capture process which uses real performances by actors and then essentially animates the scenes. I’m told that key members in the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’s … Read More »

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John Goodman Boards Paramount’s ‘Flight’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: John Goodman has joined the cast of the Robert Zemeckis-directed Flight, which stars Denzel Washington as an airline pilot who averts a plane crash, only to come under a cloud for possible substance abuse problems. Goodman will play a … Read More »

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Paramount And Robert Zemeckis Eye Kelly Reilly For ‘Flight’ Lead

By | Monday September 12, 2011 @ 6:55am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount is negotiating with Kelly Reilly to play the female lead opposite Denzel Washington in Flight, the Robert Zemeckis-directed thriller. This is a real opportunity for the British actress, who scores a role that a lot of actresses wanted. … Read More »

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It’s Official: Robert Zemeckis And Denzel Washington Aboard Paramount’s ‘Flight’

By | Friday September 9, 2011 @ 1:26pm PDT

Deadline revealed a couple of weeks ago that Robert Zemeckis was dropping out of the Warner Bros drama Replay so he could direct Denzel Washington in the Paramount thriller Flight. Paramount just made that move official today:

HOLLYWOOD, CA (September 9, 2011) — Paramount Pictures announced today that Academy Award ® winner Denzel Washington will star, and Academy Award ® winning director Robert Zemeckis will helm, FLIGHT for the studio. Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald will produce under the Parkes/MacDonald production banner along with Zemeckis, Steve Starkey, and Jack Rapke under their ImageMovers banner. The movie is set to begin shooting this October in Atlanta, GA.

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Paul Greengrass In ‘Fear Index,’ Robert Zemeckis Out Of ‘Replay’ As He Takes ‘Flight’ With Denzel Washington

Mike Fleming

Back in June, Deadline revealed that Fox 2000 had acquired the Robert Harris thriller novel Fear Index, about a scientist who uses a revolutionary system of computer algorithms to trade on the volatility of the world’s financial markets. His hedge fund is wildly successful until he is targeted by an intruder who breaks into his home. At the time, I’d heard that Paul Greengrass was attached to direct, and his reps at CAA denied it. I wrote it anyway. Now, Harris has said in an interview for his soon to be published book that Greengrass is indeed going to direct and the filmmaker’s reps are now acknowledging it’s true. The novel will be published next month in the UK and January in the US. Chernin Entertainment’s Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark and Jenno Topping are the producers. and Harris is scripting it. Greengrass next directs the Somali pirate pic A Captain’s Duty with Tom Hanks starring for Sony Pictures.

Robert Zemeckis has officially dropped out of the Warner Bros drama Replay, and the studio is trying to put the Jason Smilovic-scripted film back together with another filmmaker. Zemeckis exited because he has finally committed to direct Denzel Washington in the Paramount thriller Flight. Read More »

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Universal Makes Two-Year Deal With Robert Zemeckis’ ImageMovers

By | Tuesday August 2, 2011 @ 4:47pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Universal has closed a two-year first-look producing deal with Robert Zemeckis and his ImageMovers shingle. ImageMovers will stay in its current headquarters and will not be based on the Universal lot. There doesn’t appear to be a specific movie that … Read More »

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Paramount Wants To Take ‘Flight’ With Robert Zemeckis

By | Wednesday April 20, 2011 @ 6:58pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures is in early discussions with Robert Zemeckis to direct Flight, a live-action feature that has been scripted by John Gatins. Denzel Washington is loosely attached. Zemeckis, who has focused for the last decade on directing and producing … Read More »

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DreamWorks Revs Up ‘Real Steel’ Sequel

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Disney doesn’t release Real Steel until Oct. 7, but already DreamWorks is getting the machinery moving on a sequel to the Shawn Levy-directed drama that stars Hugh Jackman. I’m told the studio has commissioned John Gatins, who scripted the first film, to start on the second installment. It’s unusual to see that occur so early, but I can recall it happening when Warner Bros commissioned a Hangover sequel after early tests showed the movie was going to be a big hit. Development on the sequel’s just getting under way, and deals will have to be made with Jackman and Levy. Gatins is repped by UTA.

DreamWorks has gotten strong response to internal screenings of the film, and at a CinemaCon presentation of footage in Las Vegas. The film is a Rocky-meets-Transformers tale of a prize fighter whose pugilistic skills are rendered obsolete when human boxers are replaced by robots. The fighter (Jackman) becomes a boxing promoter and finds a discarded robot that wins and wins. The fighter also discovers he has a 13-year old son, who comes along for the ride as the robot heads toward the top against scary competition. Read More »

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Disney Insiders Claim ‘Yellow Submarine’ Sunk Before ‘Mars Needs Moms’ Tanked

By | Monday March 14, 2011 @ 8:30pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Insiders at Disney are denying a Hollywood Reporter story that a lousy opening weekend for the Robert Zemeckis-produced animated film Mars Needs Moms sank Yellow Submarine, the  3D remake of the psychedelic animated Beatles film that Zemeckis had set up … Read More »

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Warner Bros Wants Zemeckis For ‘Wizard Of Oz’ Remake Based On Original MGM Script

By | Tuesday November 16, 2010 @ 3:59pm PST
Mike Fleming

Whenever you remake a revered Hollywood film, there’s bound to be controversy, but going right to the original material is certainly an interesting approach. Warner Bros is in early talks with Robert Zemeckis to direct a live-action remake of … Read More »

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Eric Stoltz’s ‘Back To The Future’ Moment

A video making its way around today offers up a great walk down memory lane. Can you imagine anyone else except Michael J. Fox starring in Back to the Future? Well, Eric Stoltz was the original choice but was recast 5 weeks into the film’s production. The clip below features Steven Spielberg, Robert … Read More »

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