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Denzel Washington Circling Druggie Pilot Actioner "Flight" With Robert Zemeckis Directing

by Tambay A. Obenson
April 21, 2011 2:48 AM
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Denzel Washington is reportedly "loosely attached" to star in an action drama titled Flight, to be directed by Robert Zemeckis (in negotiations), from a screenplay written by John Gatins (who was once attached to direct).

The story centers on an alcoholic and drug-addicted pilot, on course towards a life-change "who saves a flight from an engine malfunction," rescuing the plane and the passengers, and becoming a hero, only to find his till then non-public substance abuse problem, brought to light, thanks to an FAA investigation into the case.

Naturally, lots of drama ensues... Denzel saves a massive, fast-moving object (sound familiar), but this time, he's an alcoholic. So he's like Hancock without the super powers :)

This will be Robert Zemeckis' first live-action film since 2000s Cast Away, with Tom Hanks. Since then, he's been dabbling in animated programming with films like The Polar Express, Beowulf and A Christmas Carol, none of which really fared as expected domestically, relative to budget anyway.

He also produced the recent Mars Needs Moms, which BOMBED.

So, maybe Mr Zemeckis has arrived an an epiphany here :)... either that, or his backers aren't as keen to finance anymore of his mo-cap experiments any further, given how underwhelming their performances have been.

Of course, Denzel will play the pilot if he does eventually sign on.


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  • Neziah | April 21, 2011 6:17 AMReply

    This movie isn't necessary at all, Denzel needs to be in more films that will actually utilize his talent.

  • Jug | April 21, 2011 4:55 AMReply

    For real, I'd love to see Denzel in a true ensemble piece or in something he is in no way shape of form the hero. Doesn't mean it can't be about him, but something where the "good guy" gene doesn't kick in. Even in TRAINING DAY, you get hints that he wasn't always bad and was an idealist at one time, but was corrupted by the dark side (George Lucas would be proud).

    Al P did it with YOU DON'T KNOW JACK, maybe it'd work for Denzel, doing something smaller & more intimate with less pryotechnics. But like I said before, Denzel's average is most cats best on their greatest day, so I'll still see it LOL

  • Tamara | April 21, 2011 4:18 AMReply

    This sounds like the aftermath of "Unstoppable" post-celebration but with drugs and alcohol and less action.

  • Jug | April 21, 2011 3:42 AMReply

    Denzel in it...and Spike ain't directing it?!? Yeah, no other black folks in that joint LOL

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