Following his return to live-action filmmaking in recent years with “Flight,” “The Walk” and the upcoming “Allied,” director Robert Zemeckis is already looking ahead to his next feature – the Steve Carell-led “The Women of Marwen” at Universal Pictures.
Speaking to Cinema Blend this weekend in Los Angeles, he confirmed the film will be his next project and is a loose narrative spin on the 2010 documentary “Marwencol” – taking the core concept of the doco and expanding on it:
“Yeah, I’m going to be doing a movie with Steve Carell called The Women of Marwen… It’s based on this documentary called Marwencol. I wrote it, and it’s a much more… it’s a movie. It takes the essence of it, and then just blows it out. It’s action packed!.. I was surfing through [the channels] and I landed on PBS, and I came in in the middle of this documentary, and I literally stood up in the room and I said, ‘I have to make the movie version of this.'”
The original documentary follows a man left brain damaged following an assault outside a bar. One of his therapeutic treatments was the creation of Marwencol, a 1/6 scale World War II-era Belgian town with the man including people from his own life as characters within the town.