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"Flight" Gets A Release Date - Denzel Washington Stars As An Alcoholic, Drug-addicted Hero Pilot

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by Tambay A. Obenson
May 10, 2012 2:56 PM
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Paramount has set the wide release date for Flight for November 2, 2012.

First reported last April, at the time Denzel Washington was said to be "loosely attached" to star in the action drama, to be directed by Robert Zemeckis - who was, at the time, in negotiations - from a screenplay written by John Gatins (who was once attached to direct).

Obviously Denzel and Zemeckis signed on, with shooting completed last fall.

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 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 ExpressBeowulf and A Christmas Carol, none of which really fared as expected domestically, relative to budget anyway.

By the way, Don Cheadle and Garcelle Beauvais amongst many others, co-star.

I'm actually surprised that, given how much we've written about this project, I don't believe anyone has said anything about the fact that Denzel is playing an alcoholic, drug-addicted pilot. Y'all are giving him a pass? Really? No qualms about this being another *negative* portrayal of a black man on film? None? You folks are disappointing me.

And for those who are new here... I was being sarcastic in that last paragraph.

But we should see a trailer for this soon then.

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7 Comments

  • CareyCarey | May 10, 2012 9:11 PMReply

    DOWN WITH THEIR FREAKIN' HEADS... FEED THEIR GENITALS TO THE PIGS! How dare they use our most popular black movie star to advance the notion that white is right!!!??? PLEEEEEEASE, not another pleepin' drug and alchohol movie with a black man front and center!!! Who's directing this fkin' movie, Quentin Tarantino!!?? And for those who are new here... I was being sarcastic ;-). Bring on Leaving Las Vegas with a pinch of The Verdict, and a dash of Courage Under Fire. Heck, if Denzel can rob cheat and steal in Training Day, and if Morgan Freeman (another A-list black actor) can play the redeemed drunk attorney in Carl Franklin's High Crimes, bring on the alcoholic and drug-addicted black pilot. Are you kidding me -- deja vu -- Don Cheadle is that you... Mouse: "You said dont shoot him, right? Well I didnt; I choked... If you didnt want me to kill him, why did you leave me alone with him?". Yessiree bring it on. And since Denzel's going to have blackouts brought on by his alcohol consumption, they better have a scene reminiscent of the one in Ricocet. Oh yeah, freaky deaky with the prostitute baby. Hey, c'mon now, y'all know the old school song "Ain't No Half Steppin". Bring it ON! "Come on and do it, do it, do it 'til you're satisfied. Whatever it is, do it, do it 'til you're satisfied.

  • Jug | May 10, 2012 7:59 PMReply

    It's gonna be pretty rough on people. It's basically LEAVING LAS VEGAS meets THE VERDICT. They are gonna say "Oh, Denzel, you look bad baby!" LOL He's gonna kill it. Watch.

  • Nicole | May 10, 2012 7:44 PMReply

    Well, after playing Alonzo...how bad could this character be? LOL

  • Donella | May 10, 2012 6:30 PMReply

    He's done morally ambiguous hero before with Courage Under Fire (alcoholic), John Q (took people hostage) and Pelham 123 (stole $).

  • DDP | May 10, 2012 5:09 PMReply

    About the your last paragraph, my biggest complaint about the boring "Red Tails" was that one Hero was a womenising flirt chasing after white women and the other was an alcoholic pilot leader. What did alcoholism and womenising have to do with Black men finally being allowed to fight for our country, the struggles that they faced in doing so and the level of success they achieved once the chance was given.

  • Vanessa | May 10, 2012 4:57 PMReply

    He just plays the morally ambiguous, dysfunctional characters so well. He plays all characters well; but I still enjoy seeing a "bad" Denzel, not necessarily Training Day bad, but with more dimension. As in, you know he has a good heart, but he makes some questionable choices a la "Man On Fire."

  • FLYAM | May 10, 2012 3:56 PMReply

    I think Denzel Washington is really going to knock it out of the park.

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