Washington, Zemeckis Set For “Flight”

The live-action airplane drama “Flight” looks to have emerged as the front-runner to be “Back to the Future” and “Contact” director Robert Zemeckis’ first live-action film in over a decade according to The Los Angeles Times.

Denzel Washington is expected to be closing his deal shortly to play a pilot who rescues his passengers from a dangerous situation but who turns out not to be as heroic as he appears as his negligence (due to an addiction) was partly responsible for the danger in the first place.

While both a Paramount spokeswoman and the film’s producer each declined to comment, the film is tipped to be aiming to begin shooting in the Fall.

Zemeckis has previously been linked with a time-travel movie called “Replay” and a “Roger Rabbit”-esque hybrid called “The Animated American.” His last live-action film was 2000’s “Cast Away” and he’s spent much of the past decade filming mo-cap features like “Beowulf,” “The Polar Express,” “A Christmas Carol” and “Mars Needs Moms”.