Robert Zemeckis & Paramount Take “Flight”

Paramount Pictures is in early discussions with Robert Zemeckis to direct the live-action feature “Flight” reports Deadline.

The fictional tale revolves around a commercial airline pilot named Whip Whitaker who, with some heroic flying, manages to land a malfunctioning commercial airline plane with minimal casualties.

Instantly hailed as a hero by the media, an investigation into the cause of the crash unfolds and it becomes clear he was flying under the influence of drugs and alcohol. While Whitaker deals with being labelled a ‘hero’ which he feels is undeserved, the airline tries to keep the facts under cover.

John Gatins (“Real Steel”) penned the script and had hoped to direct the project, but that’s now looking unlikely. Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing and shooting could begin by late Summer.

Should Zemeckis sign, this would mark his first live-action film since 2000’s “Cast Away” as he’s only been involved with various mo-cap animated features over the past decade.